§ 42. Mr. Livsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a further statement on midwives regrading.
§ Mr. Mellor
All midwives have been regraded within the new clinical grading structure with effect from 1 April 1988. Information on the assimilation from old grades to the new has been placed in the Library. A number of appeals against gradings are outstanding. Assimilation to the new structure resulted in an average pay increase for 1988–89 of over 20 per cent. The new structure provides greatly improved career opportunities.