HC Deb 12 February 1947 vol 433 cc340-1
6. Mr. Cobb

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will consider paying the rate for the job in those cases where it is definitely established that W.A.A.F. officers and non-commissioned officers are holding R.A.F. officers' and non-commissioned officers' posts and performing the duties laid down satisfactorily.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

My hon. Friend is, I am sure, aware that His Majesty's Government have recently received the Report of a Royal Commission on the general subject of Equal Pay for Men and Women, and that its recommendations are now under consideration. He will understand that I can make no statement on the principle of equal pay in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force at the present time.

Mr. Cobb

Is it then to be the continued policy of my right hon. Friend to get these jobs, which are admittedly men's jobs, done on the cheap?

Mr. Noel-Baker

No, Sir. My hon. Friend must not assume that. I would refer him in particular to paragraph 60 of the Report of the Royal Commission.