§ Mr. Tom Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will outline the mechanisms which joint liaison committees have adopted for contact with, and for seeking representation from, the voluntary sector.
§ Mr, John MacKay
This is entirely a matter for the decision of individual joint liaison committees, which are not obliged to inform the Department of the arrangements made. Health boards and local authorities have, however, been advised that voluntary organisations should be invited to take part in the deliberations of joint liaison committees whenever relevant matters are on the agenda.