HC Deb 29 June 1927 vol 208 cc394-5
24. Mr. KELLY

asked the Attorney-General whether, seeing that Award A81 of the Civil Service Arbitration Board stipulated that the rates of pay and conditions therein laid down applied to all messengers in all London offices, he will see that these terms are granted to the messengers employed at His Majesty's Land Registry as from the date of the Award A81; whether he is aware that the reorganisation scheme for messengers at His Majesty's Land Registry, which was introduced in 1923, was never discussed by the Departmental Whitley Council nor with the representatives of the society to which the men belong; and whether, in these circumstances, he will see that the request for the full application of Award A81 is granted?

The ATTORNEY - GENERAL (Sir Douglas Hogg)

The men employed in His Majesty's Land Registry were not members of the classes to which Award A81 applied, their conditions of service and appointment and the method of their recruitment being different from those of the messengers in London offices referred to in the hon. Member's question. Full details of the reorganisation scheme of 1923 were explained to the representatives of the society to which the men belonged, and accepted by them, except on one point, which is not now material. In these circumstances the request cannot be granted.


Was the notification which was made to a particular society made within recent months?


I do not know what the date is, but I will ascertain for the hon. Gentleman.