§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on regrading for dental hygienists in the national health service.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The pay and grading of dental hygienists are matters for negotiation in the professional and technical staffs B Whitley council. The management side of the council recently carried out a review of all dental auxiliary grades in order to inform this year's negotiations on pay. I understand that negotiations on the staff side's claim are expected to begin shortly.