§ MR. WALLACE (Edinburgh, E.)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether the pay of the 1st and 2nd class attendants in the South Kensington Museum of Science and Art is much higher than that of the same classes of attendants in the corresponding Museum in Edinburgh; whether the qualifications for both classes of posts are identical; and whether he will state by what consideration the inequality in pay (if any) is explained?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Sir W. HART DYKE, Kent, Dartford)
The pay of the 2nd class attendants in the Edinburgh Museum is nearly the same as that of the attendants at South Kensington, but the pay ef the 1st class attendants is certainly lower. The qualification—if by this is meant the examination they have to pass before the Civil Service Commission—is identical. 524 The rates of pay have been fixed in consultation with the Treasury on a consideration of the duties and responsibilities of the men and of the scale of living, together with the general level of wages in the two capitals.