§ Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked the Home Secretary if he can state the minimum wage for prison warders; if he is aware that the prison warders have had no rise in pay for the last twenty-one years; and, in consequence of the increased cost of living, if he can see his way clear to grant the prison warders an increase in pay?
§ Mr. McKENNA
The minmum pay of prison warders is £60 per annum, with quarters or an allowance in lieu; uniform (including boots) valued at £5 4s. per annum; medical attendance and medicines and, in certain circumstances, for their families also; and the advantage of purchasing certain articles at contract rates. Where quarters are not provided, a lodging allowance in lieu is given, which varies according to the rent actually paid, up to a maximum of 10s. a week in London, 8s. 6d. a week in certain towns, and 6s. 6d. a week in others. This brings the minimum in London for those living out of quarters to 33s. a week, and in the country 29s. 6d. a week, besides uniform and free medical attendance. The appointment is also a pensionable one under the usual Civil Service conditions. Although there has been no rise in the general scale since 1891, there have been various improvements, as I have stated in reply to questions in this House. I have now before me petitions from a large number of warders asking for an increase of pay, but the subject raises very wide questions, which must be fully considered before I can decide whether I ought to approach the Treasury in the matter.