HC Deb 29 June 1925 vol 185 cc2041-2W
Colonel DAY

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department how many trained nurses or trained staff, either men or women, are employed at the ambulance stations of the British Empire Exhibition, and what their remuneration is, respectively; who is responsible for engaging them; how many voluntary or semi-trained men and women are employed in this ambulance or first-aid work; what is their remuneration or out-of-pocket expenses, and by whom are these amounts paid; and how many hours each respective class is expected to be on duty?


I am informed by the British Empire Exhibition authorities that the following trained staff are employed at the ambulance stations of the Exhibition at the rate indicated:

Per week.
£ s. d.
I wardmaster and dispenser at 5 5 0
I assistant and dispenser at 4 4 0
I matron at 4 4 0
I sister at 3 3 0

I understand that the wardmaster and the assistant were engaged by the Exhibition authorities, and the matron and sister by the joint committee of St. John's Ambulance and the British Red Cross Society, and that they work eight hours a day. The following semi-trained voluntary workers are also employed:

  • 12 nurses,
  • 45 orderlies,
who are provided by the above-mentioned societies alternately, a month at a time. I am informed that they work on five hour shifts, and receive an allowance of 2s. 6d. each per shift for expenses, which is paid by the Exhibition authorities. In addition to the above-mentioned staff, there are three qualified medical practitioners.