§ 9. Mr. D. Jones
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the rates of pay payable to civilian waiters at the Seaton Snook Radar Station; and how these rates of pay and conditions of service compare with rates paid by good employers in the district.
I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a comparison between the conditions of service of a civilian waiter at Seaton Snook and the provisions for a waiter in a licensed restaurant laid down in the Order made under the Catering Wages Act. I think that, when he has studied them, the hon. Member will agree that our conditions compare very well with what is done outside.
I can only ask the hon. Gentleman to compare these rates with the minimum laid down for waiters in the area. May I ask the hon. Gentleman to read the figures first and then, if he is not satisfied, I shall be happy to go into the matter further.
|COMPARISON BETWEEN THE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF A CIVILIAN WAITER AT R.A.F. STATION, SEATON SNOOK AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE CURRENT WAGES REGULATION ORDER FOR LICENSED RESIDENTIAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND LICENSED RESTAURANTS MADE UNDER THE CATERING WAGES ACT|
|—||Civilian Waiter at R.A.F. Station, Seaton Snook||Minimum laid down for Waiters in the Area in the current Wages Regulation Order|
|Pay||…||128s. a week.||110s. a week.|
|Working week||…||44 hours spread over five days.||48 hours spread over six days.|
|Sunday work||…||Double time whether or not within working week.||No special rate for Sunday, but double time for work done on the weekly rest day.|
|Overtime||…||Calculated on a daily basis, the first hour at time and a quarter, thereafter at time and a half.||Calculated on a weekly basis, the first six hours at time and a quarter, thereafter at time and a half.|
|Leave||…||Two weeks.||One week for first year, thereafter two weeks.|
§ 10. Mr. D. Jones
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air why, after only some eight months in use, it became necessary at considerable public expense to make extensive alterations to the bar in the officers' mess at Seaton Snook Radar Station; and what was the total cost to public funds of the alterations.
I have been into this matter and my information is that the only work 1876 civilian waiters were subjected to the recent cut of £1 a week imposed on waiters elsewhere?
§ Sir C. Taylor
Is not the Air Ministry bound also by the Catering Wages Act, and is there any obligation on these waiters to serve snook?
Our rates are fixed administratively, bearing in mind the wishes of the Grading Committee of the Miscellaneous Trades Joint Council.
§ Following is the comparison:
§ done was to remove a partition in the bar to make it more convenient for those who use it. The estimated cost was £60, and it was all paid for out of the mess funds.