HC Deb 17 February 1944 vol 397 cc313-4
2. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Minister of Labour whether as clerical workers directed to take up employment in Government establishments away from their homes are precluded by Civil Service regulations from receiving the concession of reduced rail fares for periodical visits to their home towns, and are, therefore, in a less favourable position than persons directed to take up manual employment in the same establishments, he will authorise for these clerical workers the reduced rail fare concession now extended to those directed into manual employment.

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. Persons transferred to temporary clerical employment in Government establishments, through local offices of my Ministry or the Women's Technical Services Register, are now eligible far cheap travel warrants to visit their homes on the same terms as transferred industrial workers. Permanent clerical workers in Government establishments come under Civil Service arrangements.

Mr. Brown

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that the arrangements to which he refers do not cover the permanent clerical workers in the Civil Service? Why should they apply to one section, and not to another?

Mr. Bevin

I would ask the hon. Member to address any question dealing with the permanent Civil Service to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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