HC Deb 23 July 1912 vol 41 cc1003-4W

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the highest and what is the lowest amount that can be earned by the ordinary labourer in Government employment at Woolwich?

Colonel SEELY

The lowest day work rating paid to an adult unskilled labourer at Woolwich is 24s. in addition to privileges valued at 6d. in the £. I am not quite sure what precise meaning to attach to the term "ordinary labourer"; but men of the unskilled labour class may and frequently do carry away wages of 45s. and over.