HC Deb 17 May 1956 vol 552 cc2191-2
21. Mr. Brockway

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer which sections of public servants employed at London Airport are paid the London rate for their work; and by what Government Departments they are employed.

Mr. H. Brooke

Industrial staff at London Airport, employed by the Air Ministry and Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, receive London rates of pay, for the reasons explained in my Answer of 22nd March to the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Beswick) Telephonists employed by the Post Office also receive London rates.

Mr. Brockway

Why is it that non-industrial workers employed by the State do not receive the London rate when non-industrial workers employed by private concerns, like the banks—even American air companies and others—get that rate? Ought we not to set an example on this question of non-industrial workers?

Mr. Brooke

The answer is that all these different arrangements are subject to agreement with the staff. I think the staff associations look after their members well, and I would deprecate Parliament giving a lead.