HC Deb 06 May 1970 vol 801 cc405-6
33. Mr. Burden

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to rectify the anomalous position whereby part-time lady cleaners in Her Majesty's Dockyard, Chatham, are paid at lower hourly rates than full-time lady cleaners doing identical work.

Dr. David Owen

Yes, Sir. The recent report of the National Board for Prices and Incomes on pay and conditions in the industrial Civil Service drew attention to a wide range of similar duties which are undertaken by industrial and non-industrial civil servants with differing rates of pay.

Mr. Burden

Is that a guarantee that the rates of pay of the part-time cleaners will be brought into line with those of the full-time cleaners? There is at the moment a very considerable differential.

Dr. Owen

The hon. Gentleman is correct in saying that there is a differential. The proper negotiating procedure is through the Whitley Council. If these negotiations take place, some modification or change may be made.

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