HC Deb 30 April 1913 vol 52 c1158

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the exact amount of pay to naval junior mechanics in the Royal Flying Corps and to those naval junior mechanics not so employed; and what, calculated on this basis, is the amount of danger pay which the former receive?


Junior mechanics in the Royal Flying Corps receive pay at the following rates:—

First-class mechanic 4s. a day
Second-class mechanic 2s. a day
together with flying pay of 4s. or 2s. a day if qualified as fliers. If they are not so qualified, they receive only the pay of 4s. or 2s. a day according to their class in the corps. These mechanics are drawn from various classes in the Navy, where their pay may have ranged from 1s. 8d. to 2s. 10d. a day. For instance, a carpenter's crew in the Navy, with pay of 2s. 6d. a day, is graded as first-class mechanic at 4s. a day. The actual addition on joining the Royal Flying Corps to the pay received while in the Navy is not, therefore, the same in all cases. But in every case the rate is on a scale higher than would be received by the individual in the Royal Navy, the Royal Flying Corps rates of pay being intended to cover the risk involved in being occasionally taken up as passengers in aeroplanes.


Do I understand the right hon. Gentleman to say that the pay of carpenter's crews has been raised?


Oh, no, no; I gave the hon. Member an illustration showing how the Royal Flying Corps is on a scale higher in the Navy.