HC Deb 25 October 1955 vol 545 cc24-5
42. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from local authorities in Scotland seeking an increase in the number and an improvement in the pay and conditions of service of health visitors for the elderly sick; and what steps he now plans to take to improve the numbers, pay and conditions of such health visitors.

Mr. J. Stuart

I have not received any such representations. Matters relating to pay and conditions of service are for the Whitley Council; while means of securing an increase in recruitment are under consideration by the working party on the work, recruitment, and training of health visitors, whose Report is expected shortly.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Secretary of State aware that this is not only a matter for the Whitley Council, but also a matter for him inasmuch as health visitors have to pass more examinations and get less pay than hospital nurses; and that it is up to him to do something about it?

Mr. Stuart

I am equally anxious not to do anything which would interfere with the supply of hospital nurses, who are also in short supply.