HC Deb 05 December 1955 vol 547 c7W
43. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the rent of midwives supplied with furnished accommodation is to be raised from £52 a year to £90, to be back dated to 1st April, 1955, whereas under the recent decision of the Whitley Council their income is to be increased by only £25 a year, and that this charge is likely to accentuate the shortage of nurses and midwives; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.

Mr. Iain Macleod

This is a decision reached by agreement on the Whitley Council, which is representative of both the midwives and the employing local authorities. I understand that the new figure is a maximum, that the increase is the first since 1943, and that during the same period the midwives' salaries have gone up by over £200.