HC Deb 04 March 1942 vol 378 c628
20. Mr. Purbrick

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the amount of overtime paid in his Department during the last month for which the figures are available; is he satisfied that each person drawing overtime has actually worked fully in all his ordinary time; and in what manner this is checked?

The First Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. A. V. Alexander)

The amount paid during January, 1942, to staff serving at Admiralty headquarters who are eligible for payment for extra attendance, was approximately £40,500. Such staff invariably work under supervision, and record their attendance daily in attendance books, which are checked by senior officers, and I have no reason to doubt that those drawing overtime have performed their ordinary full-time duties.

Mr. George Griffiths

Some of us on these benches have always thought that only miners did this kind of thing.