asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is now in a position to reply to the request of nurses for special treatment in future pay awards, in view of the vocational nature of their employment.
The Government are at present carefully considering the repre- sentations made by the nurses and midwives Whitley Council and I have undertaken to give a decision to the Whitley Council as soon as possible.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now make a statement on nurses' pay.
I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the hon. Member for Surbiton (Sir N. Fisher) earlier today.