HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 cc2793-4W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that appeals for funds are being made by the Civil Service Clerical Association in the Air Ministry and other branches of Government service for the purpose of mitigating the conditions of serious hardship in which numbers of Lytton entrants to the Civil Service now find themselves, and that the pay of these entrants is inadequate for the barest needs of themselves, their wives, and families; and will he have the rates of pay so adjusted as to put an end to this state of affairs?


I understand that an appeal has been circulated by the association referred to. The minimum starting rate for new entrants to the clerical class in London is at present £144 a year; a large proportion of the entrants receive starting rates in excess of this figure; and they are all eligible for annual increments on a scale of salary rising to a maximum of £250 a year, exclusive of bonus. On the information before me I am not prepared to say that the standard of remuneration at present prescribed is inadequate.