HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 c1746
12. General Sir George Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether signals technical officers receive trade pay: whether, women who substitute men in this work receive the normal two-thirds of such pay; and whether he is satisfied that all W.A.A.F.'s engaged as signals technical officers do so benefit.

Sir A. Sinclair

Officers of the technical branch of the Royal Air Force, including those employed on signals duties, receive rates of pay which recognise technical qualifications of a high standard. W.A.A.F. officers employed on specialist Radar duties are already in the technical branch and receive two-thirds of the corresponding R.A.F. rates of pay. The question whether other categories of W.A.A.F. signals officers who hold the requisite high qualifications should also be appointed or transferred to the technical branch is under consideration.

Mr. Rhys Davies

If these women are doing the same kind of work as efficiently as men how comes it that they are receiving only two-thirds of the rate of pay?

Sir A. Sinclair

That is the normal practice in all Services.