Oral Answers to Questions — Public Expenditure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th March 1979.

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Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Brent South 12:00 am, 5th March 1979

Is my right hon. Friend aware that public expenditure next year in the North-West Thames regional hospital authority area will increase by £1,015 million through no decision of this House but merely by accepting the Common Market directive on nurses? Since that authority is but one of 16 such regions, may I ask my right hon. Friend to give his attention to this matter? If that kind of money is available, would it not be better for the House to decide to give it to the nurses through their pay packets rather than putting it into this scheme?