HC Deb 17 July 1924 vol 176 cc573-4
40. Mr. AYLES

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can sec his way to advise the Government to review the question of the remuneration of women as compared with men in the Civil Service, as promised in the Resolution passed by the House of Commons on 5th August, 1921.


I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Noble Lady the Member for the Sutton Division of Plymouth (Viscountess Astor) on the 3rd July.

Viscountess ASTOR

Does not the hon. Gentleman himself think it a most unsatisfactory answer, considering the promises of the Labour party?


Does not the hon. Gentleman think, now that women have political

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. William Graham)

As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The numbers of temporary clerks employed in tax offices on 1st July, 1924, were as follow:

Males. Females. Total.
Grade I 3 17 20
Grade II 272 83 355
Grade III 3,026 84 3,110
Grade IV 1 1
3,302 184 3,486

The remuneration of clerks graded I and II is at the moment under adjustment; that of Grade III follows the scales of pay prescribed under a recent agreement with effect from 29th March last for temporary Grade III clerks in the service generally, and is as follows:

equality with men, that the time has come when they should have economic equality, and that it is infinitely better for economic equality to be granted rather than to have it wrested from the Government?

Viscountess ASTOR

Come over here!


The reply of the Chancellor of the Exchequer in regard to these cases was, I think, that every effort has been made to secure equality of opportunity in the service, but my right hon. Friend indicated that, in view of the very large cost involved, he could not at this stage undertake to make monetary equality, or equality of payment, as well.