HC Deb 15 November 1938 vol 341 c689
64. Mr. Sexton

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, the average weekly payment to foresters; the number of weeks for which such payment was made; and the average weekly rent of houses and holdings occupied by foresters for the last available year?

Colonel Sir George Courthope (Forestry Commissioner)

The Commissioners' foresters are paid each calendar month on a yearly basis. The head foresters' scale is £250–£300, Grade I £200–£250, and Grade II £150–£200. The annual increments are £12, £10, and £7 10s. respectively. They have free accommodation or an allowance in lieu.

66. Mr. Thorne

asked the right hon. arid gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether he is aware that employers of industries surrounding the Forest of Dean have granted holidays with pay to their workpeople although the rates of wages and conditions are much higher than that paid by the Forestry Commission to the employées; and whether he will consider granting one week's holiday with pay to all employés of the Forestry Commission?

Sir G. Courthope

The Forestry Commissioners have no information regarding industries surrounding the Forest of Dean. The Department's forest workers receive the holidays with pay provided for in effect in the Orders of the respective Agricultural Wages Committees or four days annually where there is no such provision or where the provision is for less than four days.