HC Deb 19 November 1941 vol 376 c290
31. Mr. Molson

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production, in what cases the scale of pay for personnel of the Air Transport Auxiliary is higher than in the Royal Air Force; whether a special bonus is paid for landing aircraft on particular aerodromes in the South of England; and whether he will review these scales of pay and bonus so that they do not exceed the corresponding pay in the Royal Air Force?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

As regards the first and third parts of the Question, it is not possible to give a straightforward comparison between the rates of pay of personnel in the Air Transport Auxiliary, a civilian organisation, and the Royal Air Force, owing to differences in rank and conditions of Service, involving such things as subsistence allowances, pensions and medical attention. The answer to the second part of the Question is in the negative.

Mr. Molson

Will my right hon. Friend give an undertaking that he will look into this matter with a view to seeing that civil pilots are not paid a higher rate compared with pilots in the Royal Air Force, whose skill is frequently higher and who are exposed to much greater dangers?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

I will certainly look into the question, but I cannot give any guarantee in the matter.