§ Mr. Bill Walker
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any plans to review the levels of remuneration for health board chairmen.734W
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
My right hon. and learned Friend accepts that the remuneration of health board chairmen should be revised to reflect the additional workload which chairmen are experiencing in preparing for implementation of NHS reforms and in recognition of the new responsibilities which they will take on when the new health boards are established in 1991. He has therefore decided on the following levels of remuneration for chairmen with effect from 1 April 1990:
Health board Remuneration £ per annum Greater Glasgow 22,730 Lothian 20,490 Grampian; Tayside 18,250 Lanarkshire; Argyll and Clyde 16,005 Ayr and Arran; Fife; Forth Valley; Highland 13,415 Borders; Dumfries and Galloway 10,810 Orkney; Shetland; Western Isles 6,510
In addition, my right hon. and learned Friend has decided that remuneration should be introduced for non-executive members of the new health boards. This will apply from 1 April 1991 and the levels will be £5,000 per annum for mainland health boards and £2,000 per annum for island health boards.