§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if family practitioner committees have the power to impose cash limits on the amounts of re-imbursements to general practitioners less than the scales agreed by the Whitley council.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
General Medical Practitioners who employ their own ancillary staff are not obliged Ito pay them in accordance with NHS Whitley council scales. The ancillary staff scheme provides for the direct reimbursement to practitioners in receipt of the full basic practice allowance, of 70 per cent. of the basic salary of up to the equivalent of two whole-time staff for qualifying duties. Family practitioner committees have no power to impose cash limits, but they are expected to satisfy themselves that the reimbursement is reasonable having regard to the nature of the duties being performed by the doctor's ancillary staff.