HC Deb 07 December 1920 vol 135 cc1945-6W

asked the Chairman of the Publication and Debates Reports Committee whether he is aware that the staff of typists employed in the Official Reporters' room are selected for their special capacity for the work and are precluded from taking any outside work whatever, but are nevertheless paid at rates which are considerably less than the total paid to a new typist entrant into the Civil Service at the age of 21, despite the fact that when the House is not sitting they are detailed for work in the Foreign Office; and whether he will inquire into the matter?

Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE (Chair-man of the Publications and Debates Reports Committee)

I am informed by the Editor of the OFFICIAL REPORT that the salaries of the typists are as follow:—

  • Superintendent, total (with honorarium), £2 15s. per week.
  • Four clerks (each) (with honorarium), £2 12s. 6d. per week.
They are entitled to two weeks' holiday a year, and, in addition, are allowed half the recess at Easter and Whitsuntide. They work a maximum of 28 hours per week. Civil Service typists work 42 to 44 hours per week, and their salaries, including War bonus, vary from £2 16s. Id. to a maximum of £4 10s. lid. per week. The rate per hour is, therefore, nearly the same. The matter will be brought before the Publications and Debates Reports Committee.