HC Deb 27 March 1906 vol 154 cc1075-6
COLONEL HERBERT (Monmouthshire, S.)

I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether he will explain why a † See (4) Debates, cliii., 601–2. difference exists in the emoluments of custodians employed in the several National Galleries of Art (Trafalgar Square, Kensington, and the Tate Gallery); and whether, having regard to the identity of the conditions of appointment and of responsibility, he will consider the desirability of making the rates of emolument identical.


I assume that my hon. and gallant friend refers to the attendants in the galleries. It is true that the conditions of appointment of these officers are the same, but their duties vary considerably in responsibility. The salaries in each case have been fixed with regard to the importance of the services entrusted to the staff, and I do not think uniformity of rates would be desirable.