§ Mr. Hoyle
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by what means the Public Health Laboratory Service is administered; what is its relationship with the National Health Service; what is the statutory basis of the present arrangements; and whether it is his intention that the staff of the service should continue to sit on National Health Service Whitley Councils.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The Public Health Laboratory Service is administered by a board set up under legislation consolidated in section 5 of the National Health Service Act 1977, as amended by the Public Health Laboratory Service Act 1979. The representation of the staff on the Whitley Councils is a matter for the staff organisations concerned.