§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has about the precentage of doctors employed by deputising service organisations in each of the regions who are engaged full-time and the number of hours worked on average by those not engaged in full-time work.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Deputising services are not part of the National Health Service. They contract with general medical practitioners to provide deputies and no information is collected by our Department about the staff employed by them.