HC Deb 14 May 1924 vol 173 c1402W

asked the right hon. Member for Tiverton, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, if he is aware that 16 men are employed in afforestation in Monmouthshire by His Majesty's Government whose wages are only 35s. per week, and that two men are employed as above at 24s. 6d. per week and two at 23s. 6d. per week; and will he take steps to see that these Government employés are paid a reasonable living wage.


The day work rate of wage for 16 labourers employed on afforestation at Llanover, Monmouthshire, is 35s. per week, and the rate for two youths is 24s. 6d., but, owing to some of the operations being by piece work, the average weekly earnings of the labourers and youths exceed the day work rates; the wages are considered to be reasonable. The men and youths are also paid for overtime on fire patrol. No one is employed at 23s. 6d. per week.