HC Deb 28 May 1941 vol 371 cc1829-30
9. Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the mileage rates allowed for petrol allowance to members of the Royal Observer Corps; and will he give details of any other allowance?

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

Members of the Royal Observer Corps, who necessarily use their private cars for travelling between home and the place of duty receive an allowance of 1d. per mile, provided that the distance each way is more than two miles and that public transport is not available. As regards the second part of the Ques- tion, the observers' pay of is. 3d. an hour is an inclusive rate and members of the Corps receive no other allowances in respect of travelling to and from the normal place of duty.

Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

Is this penny a mile allowance the same as that given to other members of the Service?

Sir A. Sinclair

It is, of course, for a special purpose, namely, for travelling from their homes to their place of duty. For that purpose other members of the Royal Air Force and civil servants receive no such allowance.

Mr. Hannah

Are not the Royal Observer Corps rather underpaid, in view of the magnificent work they are doing?

Mr. Speaker

That is another matter.