Parliamentary Questions - Written Replies

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NHS PAYMENT: Virginia Bottomley, Secretary of State for Health, has decided to make a payment of pounds 10,000 to Sir James Ackers, who resigned as chairman of the West Midlands Regional Health Authority after criticism of his authority for losing an estimated pounds 4m on a consultancy contract. Brian Mawhinney, Minister of State, said the payment was to be made under paragraph 9(3), Schedule 5 of the 1977 National Health Service Act.