§ Miss Emma Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what factors underlay her decision to end pay parity between clinical and academic medicine. 
§ Mr. Forth
My right hon. Friend has taken no such decision. Indeed, she announced at the time of the Budget statement that a new condition of grant would be placed on the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 1997–98 requiring the council to enable universities and colleges to meet any additional costs for medical schools arising from any pay increase awarded by the Government to NHS clinicians.