HC Deb 08 March 1951 vol 485 cc652-3
32. Lieut-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Health what revised salary scales for resident district nurses have been agreed; what increases have been authorised; and from what date they are effective.

Mr. Marquand

As there are a number of different grades and scales of salary, I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the Whitley Council Circular which contains the figures. The revised scales have effect from 1st February, 1949.

Lieut-Colonel Lipton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the delay in arriving at a conclusion in this matter has adversely affected the recruiting of this essential branch of the nursing service? Will the new figures overcome that handicap?

Mr. Marquand

I hope they will assist.

Mr. Harrison

Has my right hon. Friend considered the question of retrospective payment in connection with these awards? What is the attitude of the Government in this matter?

Mr. Marquand

I would ask my hon. Friend to look up the circular. There are greatly varying details in regard to each grade.