§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will give the mean time taken for an appeal to be resolved by the Whitley council procedures;
(2) if he will give the number of appeals currently being processed by the Whitley council procedures.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The procedures for settling differences between employing authorities and individual NHS employees relating to conditions of service, including questions of grading, are prescribed in section 32 of the general Whitley council conditions of service handbook. The Scottish Home and Health Department has no role in these procedures, and no information of the kind sought by the hon. Member is held centrally.