HC Deb 09 December 1985 vol 88 c489W
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total annual cost of merit awards to National Health Service consultants; and what percentage are awarded to full-time National Health Service employees.

Mr. Hayhoe

The actual amounts paid out in distinction awards are not collected centrally since the award holder is paid pro-rata to his sessional commitments to the National Health Service. The current value of awards recommended by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body for Great Britain is £52.2 million, of which it is estimated that some £42.6 million will be paid. Of the 5,290 awards in payment in England and Wales at 31 December 1984, 36.3 percent. were held by whole-time, and a further 38 per cent. by maximum part-time, consultants. Exactly comparable information for Scotland is not readily available.