HC Deb 15 May 1935 vol 301 cc1716-7W

asked the Minister of Health (1) whether there have been any deaths from diphtheria in Leeds children who had at any time been inoculated against diphtheria;

(2) The number of children under 15 years of age in Leeds who were inoculated against diphtheria in each of the years 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1934; the number of those inoculated in these years who gave the final Schick-negative test; and the number of those who, having been inoculated and given final Schick-negative tests, contracted diphtheria in each of these years?


The following is the information furnished by the local authority on this subject:

whether, in view of the advantages which have accrued by consolidating the pay and bonus of non-industrial civil servants, he will now consider extending this reform to industrial civil servants at the earliest opportunity?


The wages of industrial workpeople serving in Admiralty establishments are based broadly on the rates paid in comparable outside industries. In the outside shipbuilding and engineering industries the payment of a separate bonus is still maintained. The basis on which the remuneration of industrial workpeople, serving under the Admiralty and other Departments of State, is framed is quite different from that governing the remuneration of non-industrial civil servants, whose bonus was directly related to the cost-of-living figure, and the reasons for consolidation, which derived mainly from this fact, do not apply to industrial staff. In the circumstances, I am not prepared to consider at present the consolidation of the wages and bonus of Admiralty work-people.