HC Deb 18 May 1943 vol 389 cc936-7
55. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary receive the same rates of pay as men?

The Minister of Aircraft Production (Sir Stafford Cripps)

It has been decided that from the beginning of next month women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary who are engaged on full flying duties will receive the same rates of pay, rank for rank, as men similarly employed.

Miss Ward

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware how gratifying it is that this decision has been arrived at without pressure from the women Members of the House?

Sir S. Cripps

I am grateful.

Mr. Molson

Is it the case that pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary are paid at a much higher rate than pilots of the Royal Air Force?

Sir S. Cripps

That is another question.

Sir F. Fremantle

From what date will this operate? Will it be retrospective?

Sir S. Cripps

From the beginning of next month. It will not be retrospective.