THIS WEEK

The Northern Ireland Assembly public accounts committee report highlights large pay rises made to senior managers in 1996-97.At Causeway HSS trust the chief executive's total pay rose by 16 per cent, from£61,562 to£71,348; at Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS trust the rise was 15 per cent, from£61,848 to£70,881;

at Homefirst Community HSS trust it rose by 23 per cent, from£55,316 to£67,990; at Mater Hospital HSS trust by 21 per cent, from£52,900 to£63,805; and at Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HSS trust by 46 per cent, from£42,480 to£62,160.