asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it is his intention, in dealing with professional groups within the Health Service, to allow direct negotiation between the parties concerned, rather than to decide upon recommendations of independent assessment bodies as to levels of pay.
As regards the remuneration of retail pharmacists I would refer the hon. Member to my reply on 14 February—[Vol. 978, c. 814]—to my hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Mr. Farr). For other professional groups, I have no proposals for changing the existing basis of pay determination.