HC Deb 01 October 1942 vol 383 c946W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the constant demands for wage increases by industrial workers, he has any record of the nature or existence of wage increases granted to non-industrial middle-class workers?

Mr. Bevin

I have some difficulty in understanding precisely what my hon. Friend means by non-industrial middle-class workers. The information as to changes in wages collected by my Department relates mainly to the wages of industrial workers in industries and services in which conditions of employment are regulated by collective agreements between employers' organisations and trade unions. Among other workers who are known to the Department to have had increases in their rates of pay during the war are: teachers with basic salaries below £525 a year; civil servants with basic salaries up to £500 a year; railway clerks, shop assistants, police, with rates of pay up to £500 a year; local authority staffs, and bank clerks.