HC Deb 01 November 1911 vol 30 c849

asked whether in the Royal dockyards men working on scaffolds of 25 feet and upwards above the ground receive pay at the rate of time and a-quarter to time and a-half, while men under the director of works, in the same dockyard and on the same work, must be working at an elevation of 50 feet before receiving such pay; and if the Admiralty will remedy this inequality of pay?


As regards the dockyard workmen, the regulation is as stated by the hon. Member. In the case of the Works Department there is no definite limit, the governing principle being that extra pay is confined to employment involving greater risk to life and limb than that usually incurred in the trade to which the workman belongs. I do not consider that a bricklayer working at a height of 50 feet is incurring any special risk which would justify the grant of extra pay.