§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when his Department commissioned the Binder Hamlyn report; what were its terms of reference; when he received it; and when it will be published.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
We asked Binder Hamlyn for its advice in October 1982 and received it in July 1983. The terms of reference given to the firm wereto examine and review the arrangements for forecasting and control of expendture on the Family Practitioner Services including the possibility of operating a cash limit on part or all of the expenditure either separately or in conjunction with the hospital and community health services, and to make recommendations compatible with the contractual status of the professions, the structure of the health services and the present nature and extent of the clinical services provided.
We have been studying Binder Hamlyn's report in the context of a number of other major issues which need to be considered in relationship to the development of primary health care. We intend to publish a Green Paper about future primary health care needs and may publish the Binder Hamlyn report at the same time.