§ 53. Sir D. Hacking
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that women civil servants are frequently doing exactly the same work as men civil servants and in many cases performing even more important and responsible duties and yet are in receipt of much lower salaries; and whether he will recommend the appointment of a select or departmental committee to institute a comprehensive inquiry into existing anomalies amongst men and women civil servants, both permanent and temporary, with a view to the adoption of the principle now becoming common amongst industrial workers of equal pay for equal work?
§ The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Anderson)
As was stated by my predecessor on 1st July this year in answer to the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. W. Brown), the Government are not prepared at present to adopt the principle of equal pay for women employed in the common classes of the Civil Service.
§ Sir D. Hacking
If it is right and proper for Members of this House and Ministers to receive equal pay for equal work, irrespective—
§ Sir D. Hacking
Yes, Mr. Speaker, it is a question I am asking. If that is right and proper, surely it is right—
§ Mr. W. Brown
Is the Minister not aware that this House has on two occasions passed Resolutions in favour of the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work, and may I ask what point there is in this House coming to decisions if the Government do not act upon them?
§ Sir J. Anderson
I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement made in this House by a predecessor of mine after one of the incidents to which he referred.