§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of the total employees within the National Health Service are currently in receipt of weekly earnings of less than £25; and how many of these have been adversely affected by the wage freeze.88W
§ Mr. Alison
Detailed information about the earnings of employees is not held centrally, but we estimate that about half the total number of full-time staff, including students, earn under £25 per week. The standstill has affected pay negotiations for about 100,000 full-time ancillary workers earning under £25.