§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if his Department gave any guidance to health authority administrators regarding public policy statements during the Dissolution of Parliament; what was the substance of the guidance; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The only guidance issued to health authorities gave information on the principles which were required to be observed by the Government information service during a general election, where these were relevant to the NHS. This followed practice adopted in previous elections.
I understand that a copy of the guidance issued to the Government information service has been placed in the Library of the House. A copy of the departmental letter to regional administrators has also been placed in the Library of the House.