§ Mr. Fallon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will which NHS posts in Kent are paid a salary in excess of £100,000. 
§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 23 January 2003]For reasons of data protection I am unable to provide a list, but there were 34 employees, excluding board members, in national health service trusts in Kent who received remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2001–02. The remuneration includes gross salaries and wages, allowances for expenses and monetary value of benefits in kind.
The Government are committed to fair pay for all NHS staff. It recognises that the NHS needs good managers. Consequently guidance on managerial pay increases has been issued to the NHS in each of the past five years. This has taken into account increases in pay for other NHS staff as well as other relevant factors such as recruitment and retention. Local NHS employers have been advised to interpret the guidance appropriately and be able to justify decisions.