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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd February 1988.

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Photo of Mr Neil Kinnock Mr Neil Kinnock Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition, Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Party Chair, Labour Party 12:00 am, 23rd February 1988

First, I warmly welcome the reply that the Prime Minister gave on the international conference.

Does the Prime Minister recognise that her refusal to give a commitment fully to fund the Health Service pay award is, in the words of the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee, causing "damaging uncertainty" and in some areas continued ward closures. Will she now make the necessary commitment to funding so that health authorities can plan and provide properly without cutting staff and without closing wards?