§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the cost of merit awards to National Health Service consultants in Scotland in the last year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
Precise information on the cost of distinction and merit awards to NHS consultants is not held centrally. Taking account of abatement for those holding part-time contracts, it is estimated that some £6 million would have been paid to NHS staff.