HC Deb 31 July 1923 vol 167 cc1289-90W

asked the Prime Minister upon what grounds the ex-temporary women clerks and ex-service women who entered the clerical class through the 1919 special examination have been excluded from the provisions of the Southborough Committee award; and whether he will reconsider this decision, in view of the fact that the result is to adversely affect those who took the first opportunity of establishment open to them?


asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, seeing that the Prime Minister in 1918 received a deputation from women civil servants, supported by representatives of ex-service men, as a result of which he adopted certain details recommended by the deputation in connection with a proposed establishment examination for female temporary staffs, including provision for the examination of ex-service women, and that in fact many ex-service and other temporary women clerks sat for the resultant examination in 1919, he will have the position of these women reconsidered, as they are now worse off financially than they would have been had they remained temporary employés and entered through the 1920 examination?


I would refer to the answer which I gave on the 26th July to the hon. Member for Lambeth North (Mr. Briant).

Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, seeing that the Southborough Committee excludes from consideration the starting pay of all but the 1920 examination clerical officer entrants, and that the result of this is that ex-service and other extemporary women who passed the more difficult 1919 examination for establishment, and therefore average two to three more years of established service than those to whom the award was paid out, are now actually in receipt of lower wages than the 1920 examinees, he will say what steps he proposes to take to correct this anomaly?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to-day to the hon. Member for Wigan (Mr. Allen Parkinson).