§ 30. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman is aware that married civil subordinates employed under the War Office, and living out of quarters, receive only 18s. 6d. per week, and that from this sum a reduction of 4d. is made for insurance; that a married man living in quarters has 6d. a week deducted from his wages for gas and 3d. for children's schooling; and whether, with these facts before him and the rise in the cost of living, he can see his way to raise the weekly wage of these men, at any rate, to the same minimum as the ordinary dockyard labourer?
§ Mr. HAROLD BAKER
The total emoluments of a barrack labourer include wages, pension, additional pay, and 6d. for clothing. In any case in which 876 this total is less than the minimum of an Army Ordnance Department labourer at the same station, the difference is made up. The charge for gas is not fixed, but depends on the amount consumed.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Am I to understand that it is the intention of the War Office to pay these low wages for married labourers?