HC Deb 19 July 1923 vol 166 cc2471-2
15. Mr. EDE

asked the Minister of Pensions what is the number of adult males employed by his Department as messengers at the wage of 27s., rising by annual increments of 1s. to 32s. a week; what cost-of-living bonus do these men receive; what is the number of hours worked weekly; whether they receive pay for overtime for any hours worked above the normal week; and, if so, what is the rate paid per hour for overtime?


The number of messengers referred to is 147. In addition to their basic wage, these men receive the full Civil Service bonus, varying from 21s. 8d. to 25s. 8d., at present based on an average cost of living figure of 80. The men work 44 hours a week, with liability to work up to 48 hours without extra pay. Overtime at the rate of 1s. 2d. an hour is payable in respect of time worked in excess of 48 hours a week.


asked the Minister of Pensions what is the total amount of expenditure incurred by the Ministry of Pensions to date?


The total expenditure of my Department, from its foundation in 1917 up to the 30th June last, is approximately £478,000,000.