§ MR. CHIOZZA MONEY (Paddington, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of state for War if there are about 100 storehouse clerks in the employ of the War Office whose pay ranges from 24s. per week to a maximum, after six years of service, of only 26s. per week; and whether, in view of the cost of sustaining in respectability and efficiency a clerk and his family in the neighbourhood of London, he can see his way to raise considerably the maximum pay of these men.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. HALDANE,) Haddington
The reply to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. These storehouse clerks are not clerks in the sense in which the word is used in civil life, but are men who perform only simple routine clerical work in the storehouses, and in addition assist the storeholder or foreman in store duties. Their position is more analogous to that of a warehouseman. It is not proposed to raise their scale of pay.
§ MR. CROOKS (Woolwich)
Is it not the fact men have already been appointed to similar positions at a commencing salary of 26s. per week?