Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1975.

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Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn 12:00 am, 25th March 1975

I have made it clear all along that I am willing to resume full and detailed negotiations with the consultants as soon as their damaging sanctions are lifted. I have also made it clear that I am willing at any time for discussions to take place to clarify misunderstandings. Therefore, as soon as the BMA wrote and asked for a meeting to clarify certain interpretations of the existing contract—not a new one—I said at once that I should be happy for that meeting to take place.