§ Mr. Lansley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary for NHS administrative and clerical staff was in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Hutton
No information on the earnings of national health staff was collected centrally in 1997. The estimated average basic pay of administrative and clerical staff on national pay rates between 1998 and 2003 is shown in the table.
£ Average basic pay 1998 11,700 1999 12,200 2000 13,100 2001 13,600 2002 14,200 2003 14,700 Source: The annual NHS staff earnings survey in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. The figures for 2001 and 2003 are based on the previous year's average adjusted in line with the appropriate pay agreement.
The information in this answer relates only to England. The earnings of HNS Staff in Scotland and Wales is a matter for the devolved administrations. While the institutions in Northern Ireland are dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office.