asked the Prime Minister if she is satisfied with the recommendations of the Clegg Commission on pay comparability regarding the pay of nurses and midwives.
I am satisfied that the Standing Commission on pay comparability has produced a comprehensive report and recommendations based on a careful investigation of the pay of nurses and midwives. I note that the commission's recommendations represent an overall increase averaging 19·6 per cent., with increases of up to 25 per cent. for particular grades. These are in addition to the 9 per cent. increases in April 1979. I welcome the recommendations which provide higher increases for qualified staff directly involved in the care of patients. The Government are providing additional funds to implement the award although the previous Administration had made no provision for this.