HC Deb 02 February 1944 vol 396 c1249
5. Mr. Purbrick

asked the Secretary of State for Air in view of the fact that the ordinary wage of civilian workers at aerodromes is, in many instances, as high as that of a bomber captain in operations and higher than that of pilots, gunners and those of lower rank, who are constantly risking their lives fighting, he will take steps to remedy this disparity.

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

I would refer ray hon. Friend to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. W. J. Brown) on 20th January.

Mr. Purbrick

In view of the fact that that answer was given to a supplementary, that the Question referred only to the difference in the rates of pay of the British Forces and the American and Colonial troops, and that it is as long ago as 6th May that any definite answer was given on this point, would my right hon. Friend not give further consideration to the matter, in view of the small amount of money that would be involved?