Will the Lord Privy Seal ask his right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to take note of the fact that the Minister of Health yesterday announced an award by the Whitley Council, after arbitration, to another section of workers in the hospital service, and that it really does make his previous decision quite ludicrous? And will he please bring this matter to an end? It is a wretched dispute, and ought to be stopped.
Can we take it from the right hon. Gentleman that the Prime Minister, in meeting the deputation, will not meet it with a closed mind but will have an open mind and will be willing to listen to the representations on their merits, notwithstanding the previous decision, which we deplore, of the Minister of Health?
I cannot give any undertaking as to what state of mind my right hon. Friend will have. We must leave the Prime Minister complete authority to receive the deputation as he thinks best, but I feel certain that he would not take the trouble to see it—as, indeed, he wishes to—unless he wished to hear what it had to say.