§ Mr. Sandelson
asked the Prime Minister if her Majesty's Government will seek to negotiate with groups such as the police, fire service and National Health Service employees a status of essential public service workers so that they may receive special consideration in pay settlements in return for their traditional restraint in taking industrial action; and if she will make a statement.
§ The Prime Minister
Any such arrangements involving commitments on pay would be for negotiation between the groups concerned and their respective public service employers. I have no statement to make about groups for which the Government are the employer.