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Nurses (Pay)

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additions to the Government's expenditure plans for (a) the National Health Service and (b) other central Government services for 1988–89 and 1989–90 would require to be made if (i) nursing staff and (ii) other employees were to receive a pay increase of 20 per cent.

Departments are generally expected to contain the costs of any pay increases within the published plans. The Government will consider the financing of pay increases for nurses when the report of the nurses pay review body has been received.