§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will call for and publish a report from the Redbridge district health authority on the strike of domestic staff at Barking hospital; and if he will instruct the authority to seek to refer the matters to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
No. Redbridge health authority has already received and discussed at its public meetings innumerable oral and written reports on the dispute at Barking hospital over the past year. We see no need to call for an additional report on the dispute. I understand that the health authority has already sought and obtained the assistance of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service on a number of occasions.