§ Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many consultants and others in the National Health Service in Scotland are currently receiving merit awards; what is the total amount paid in the latest full financial year; and what is the amount of the highest and lowest award.
§ Mr. William Ross
Merit awards are payable only to consultants having contracts with the National Health Service. 614 currently hold awards in Scotland.
The total amount paid in awards for the financial year 1973–74 was £1,572,421. The value of the highest award is £7,947 and of the lowest £1,506.