§ Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the cost of paying the proposed salary rises for NHS staff in Scotland,(a) in total and (b) by category; if he will estimate the additional cost of an additional 0.5 per cent. increase (i) in total and (ii) by category; how much extra each grade of Scottish nurse would receive if given the same percentage increase as the equivalent grade in London; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
[holding answer 8 February 1999]The total cost of the awards is £89 million. Details of cost for particular categories are as follows:
£ million Nurses and Midwives 49 PAMs 7 Hospital Doctors and Dentists 13 Ophthalmic Practitioners 1 General Medical Practitioners 15 General Dental Practitioners 4
The estimated additional cost of an 0.5 per cent. increase in total by category would be as follows:
£ million Nurses and Midwives 4.5 PAMs 0.6 Hospital Doctors and Dentists 1.7 Ophthalmic Practitioners 0.2 General Medical Practitioners 1.2 General Dental Practitioners 0.6 Total 8.8
Each grade of Scottish nurse would receive between £398 and £750 per annum extra if given the same percentage increase as the equivalent grade in London.
From 1 July, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.