HC Deb 17 February 1942 vol 377 c1657
71. Major Milner

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will give the approximate sum paid to the latest convenient date, to the former Government employees now in the services, in order to make up their pay to the wage or salary received in civil life?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Captain Crookshank)

The payments in question have never been separately accounted for, and I regret that it would involve disproportionate expenditure of time and labour to aggregate the cost of the balance of civil pay of the large numbers of Civil servants serving with the Forces.

Major Milner

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that there is great dissatisfaction about this matter? Why should the employees of particular employers have a preference by having their wages made up in this way? Cannot the figures be got out?

Captain Crookshank

It would mean an enormous amount of labour, and I do not think it would be justified. The figures are not kept in any form which make them readily available.