asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to announce the institution of a disputes procedure designed to prevent acute disruption of the health services.
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Short) on 5 February [Vol, 879, c. 183–5.] in respect of local disputes procedures. With regard to national disputes procedures, I have nothing to add to what I said during the debate on the report of the Royal Commission on the NHS on 23 January.—[Vol, 977, c. 470.]