HC Deb 08 February 1974 vol 868 cc489-90W
Mr. Moate

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) why remuneration for National Health Service officers for aditional duties undertaken in connection with reorganisation of the NHS has not been granted when provision for similar work was allowed in the context of local government reorganisation;

(2) what rulings have been given by the Pay Board preventing the implementation of payments for additional services by National Health Service officers, as agreed between management and staff sides;

(3) why he decided not to refer to the Pay Board for consideration as an anomaly the question of non-payment for additional work carried out by National Health Service officers for NHS reorganisation, when similar payments were allowed for local government

Sir K. Joseph

Unlike local government, the National Health Service had not reached agreements before the standstill providing for such payments, and the Pay Board advised that the National Health Service agreements reached in 1973 were not consistent with the stage 2 pay code. If the matter had been considered and accepted as an anomaly under paragraph 177 of the stage 3 pay code, payment could not have been made before 7th November as increases to correct anomalies may be back-dated only to 7th November 1973. This is no earlier than is provided for by paragraph 154 of the code regarding work for statutory reorganisation of public services.