§ 90. Mr. MILLS
asked the hon. Member for the Gorton Division, as Chairman 440 of the Kitchen Committee, if he is aware that the waiters' staff of this House receive a wage of 31s. 6d. per week, out of which they have to provide clean linen and a dress suit, and undergo daily inspection parade before duty; and whether, considering the personnel of this House has so changed and in view of their limited means, ho will consider immediate revision of these wages?
§ Mr. J. COMPTON
In reply to the hon. Member, the Kitchen Committee are aware that the waiters employed in the Refreshment Department receive a wage of 31s. 6d. per week, they are also supplied with free meals, and are allowed to accept gratuities. We are informed that the wages compare very favourably with those paid by other establishments for similar services, and the Committee regret that under present conditions no immediate revision of these wages can be entertained. With regard to the daily inspection parade, we are afraid that the hon. Member has been misinformed.
§ Mr. COMPTON
If my hon. Friend and those associated with him in this matter will assist in re-establishing the grant which was formerly paid by the Treasury, we shall certainly observe trade union conditions.
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
Apart from the grant, is this a defensible wage to pay to a man with a wife and family?
§ Mr. THURTLE
May I ask the hon. Member if he will consider paying these men a better wage in order that they may not be under the necessity of accepting gratuities?
§ Mr. COMPTON
If we could get an assurance that the majority of hon. Members will dine in the House, we shall be able to do better for these men.