§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the development of a core employee opinion survey for use by NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Denham
All National Health Service employers are required under the NHS human resources framework, "Working Together", to have conducted an annual staff attitude survey by April 2000.
Guidance for NHS employers on good practice in designing, administering and acting upon the results of employee opinion surveys will be issued shortly. It will describe core areas which all NHS employers should cover in their surveys.
There are no current plans to develop a core employee opinion survey for use by all NHS trusts.