HC Deb 16 June 1978 vol 951 cc705-6W
Mr. Jim Lester

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage increase will be paid to state registered nurses from 1st April 1978 as compared with their consolidated salary for the year April 1977 to 31st March 1978.

Mr. Deakins

Nurses and midwives working in the National Health Service received increases effective from 1st April 1978 of 10 per cent. on their basic—1975—salaries, together with consolidation of the Stage II pay supplement and part of the Stage I supplement. The unconsolidated portion of the Stage I award—£130 per annum—is being paid as an additional flat rate supplement. These additions amount to an increase for staff nurses of 8.98 per cent. of total 1977–78 salary at the maximum of the scale. Part of the 10 per cent. available under the Government guidelines was allocated to improved conditions of service—for example, a higher rate of enhancement for work on Sundays and bank holidays.