HC Deb 09 November 1978 vol 957 cc348-9W
Mr. Tebbit

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his reply of 6th November to the hon. Member for Chingford, concerning the pay settlement of National Health Service works supervisors, if the allowances of up to 15 per cent. of basic salary from participation in self-financing incentive bonus schemes will be made only after the savings have actually been achieved.

Mr. Ennals

Self-financing productivity schemes should be demonstrated to be self-financing before any payments are made. This requirement will be observed in relation to the allowances payable to the works supervisors.

Mr. Tebbit

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in what manner he expects productivity of National Health Service works supervisors to be increased following the recent pay settlement; and if he will state (a) the total net saving on the National Health Service budget resulting from the benefit of the improvement of productivity over the extra cost of pay, and (b) the reduction in numbers of staff which will be made consequent upon the increase in productivity.

Mr. Moyle

The productivity of the maintenance departments will be increased by the participation of the works supervisors in the craftsmen's schemes. These schemes are being introduced nationally following negotiations with the craftsmen's trade union representatives.

The schemes are self-financing and the supervisors who will have to undertake

1947 1975
Rate Rank Rate Rank
Netherlands 34 1 10.6 2
Denmark 40 2 10.4 1
United Kingdom 44 3 16.0 5
Luxembourg 60 4 14.8 4
Irish Republic 68 5 18.0 7
Belgium 69 6 16.2 7
France 71 7 14.7* 3
Federal Republic of Germany 84 8 19.7 8
Italy 84 8 20.9 9
* 1974

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