§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many appeals have there been from hospital consultants under general Whitley council conditions of service, section 40, since 1961; and in each case, what was the time between the appeal board's decision and its announcement by him.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
Records are available only from 1973. In that period there have been three appeals by hospital consultants under section 40 of the general Whitley council conditions of service. In only one case was 71W an independent appeal panel constituted and the time between the submission of the appeal panel's recommendations to the Secretary of State and the announcement of his decision was six months.