HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 c1415W
Major Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied that the fullest possible use is being made of volunteers to fill the ranks of the Observer Corps; what is the scale of pay for observers where sufficient volunteers are not forthcoming; and for how many hours a day or week a paid observer is on duty?

Sir K. Wood

All members of the Observer Corps are volunteers. Only a limited number are on full-time duty and these are paid at the rate of £3 for a 48-hour week. The remainder, who, on the average, are on duty for 16 hours a week, receive 1s. 3d. an hour to meet out-of-pocket expenses.