HC Deb 17 June 1982 vol 25 c325W
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.