HC Deb 07 December 1936 vol 318 cc1650-1W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why women doctors in the Government employ receive remuneration equal to that of their male colleagues; and why such equality is not recognised in respect of any other branch of scientific workers?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

The policy underlying the general practice of differentiating in the pay of men and women civil servants in the same grade was explained at length by the Prime Minister during the course of the Debate on 6th April last. Differentiation is made in the case of women scientific workers in accordance with the practice described on that occasion. Women medical officers are in a special position, in connection with that practice, in view of the well established outside custom of giving the same scales of pay to men and women in the case of medical appointments for which both sexes are eligible.