§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the minimum and maximum salary paid 152W to audio-visual technicians and to senior audio-visual technicians in the National Health Service; what representations have been made since the re-organisation of the National Health Service in 1974 regarding the improvement of salary scales and career prospects of these staff; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Whitney
The current salary scale for audio-visual technicians ranges from £4,700 to £5,205 and that for the senior grade from £5,655 to £6,516. Pay and conditions of service for audio-visual technicians are matters for negotiations within the professional and technical staffs B Whitney Council. The staff side of that council proposed in 1977 that all medical illustration staff, including audio-visual technicians, should be grouped together in one grading structure. I understand that the management side of that council found no need for such a change.