HC Deb 25 June 1941 vol 372 c1074W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Supply what are the rates of pay for juveniles employed in depots and establishments under his control; what is the greatest sum that a boy of 16 years of age, with overtime, can earn per week for unskilled work; and how frequently is this maximum attained?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

The rates of wages of boys on industrial work at Ministry of Supply establishments, which in general have been fixed in agreement with the trade unions concerned, vary according to the class and place of employment. The time rates for unskilled work in force at establishments of an engineering character, where the majority of the boys are employed, range from 20s. at age 16 to 49s. 6d. at age 20 for a week of 47 hours, additional payments being admissible where overtime and piecework arise. As the precise information sought in the second and third parts of the Question could only be obtained by circular inquiry of the many establishments concerned, I hope that my hon. and gallant Friend will not press for it, but I would do my best to obtain the details for him in the case of any particular establishment which he may have in mind.