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Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will undertake to provide higher awards for the nursing profession than those contemplated by the Clegg commission.

No. Negotiation of the pay and conditions of service of nursing staff in the National Health Service is the responsibility of the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council. The management and staff sides of the council agreed to the reference of nurses' and midwives' pay to the Standing Commission on pay comparability in April 1979 and undertook to accept the commission's award.