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National Health Service (Pay)

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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34.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received concerning the current situation in the National Health Service workers' pay dispute.

74.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement concerning the current situation in the National Health Service workers' pay dispute.

I refer the hon. Members to the reply given by my right hon. Friend to the hon. Members for Leeds, West (Mr. Dean) and Ogmore (Mr. Powell) earlier today.

41.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the criteria which will apply to the review body for nurses and professions supplementary to medicine.

76.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which groups of nurses he will include in his proposals for a review body on pay and which he will exclude.

I refer the hon. Members to my reply to the hon. Member for Wood Green (Mr. Race) on 18 November.—[Vol. 32, c. 286.]

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will make a statement about the National Health Service workers' pay dispute.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend to the hon. Members for Leeds, West (Mr. Dean) and Ogmore (Mr. Powell) earlier today.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the sums currently offered to Health Service staff in negotiations for the year April 1982 to April 1983 will continue to be available if agreement on a pay package covering the financial year 1982–83 is reached after 1 April 1983.

There is no reason why settlements should not be reached in good time, but no time limit, as such, has been placed on the Whitley councils or other negotiating groups. A minor technical problem could arise if the offers are not accepted in time for back pay to be calculated and paid out before 31 March 1983. Under the conventions governing the grant of Supply to the Crown, sums Voted for 1982–83 are not available in 1983–84. Special provision would have to be made in the 1983–84 Estimates therefore to ensure that funds were available in that year to meet back pay relating to a date before 1 April 1983.