§ Mr. Moore
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the average pay for Grade D nurses in the last 10 years; and if he will list the five NHS trusts that have the lowest pay awards for Grade D nurses for 1999–2000. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
The information on average earnings available centrally is shown in the table. Data for earlier years are not available.
From 1 April 1999 all Grade D nurses in NHS Trusts in Scotland on national contracts will receive the rates of pay recommended by the Review Body for 1999 –2000.
Average Gross Pay1 for Grade D nurses2 employed in the NHS in Scotland—Financial years ending 31 March 1996 to 31 March 1998 £ Year Average gross pay 1996 14,997 1997 15,477 19983 15,847 1Gross Pay consists of employees basic pay, overtime, enhancements and any other allowances they receive. It excludes employers charges. 2The averages are based on the nurses who work on a whole time basis only, because of the difficulty in calculating a whole time equivalent denominator for part time nurses. 3Data for Dumfries and Galloway Community NHS trust and 11 trusts and health boards in the West of Scotland are missing for 1998.