HC Deb 16 March 1943 vol 387 c1047W
Mr. Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of caretakers in requisitioned buildings, respectively authorised and engaged in each command and the terms of employment offered to them?

Sir J. Grigg

1,921 caretakers are authorised in all commands, 778 are at present engaged. I append the details. The present position is by no means satisfactory but there has been a great improvement in the last month or so. Originally, a caretaker was set to look after a specific building and when the building was reoccupied by the Army the caretaker would lose the job. Caretakers in a given area are now pooled and look after the buildings in that area. This has given them a certain security of tenure in their jobs. Most of them are paid 12s. 0d. for a shift of not less than 8 hours with a liability to attend for up to 12 hours.

Following are the details:

Command. Authorised. Engaged.
Eastern 285 120
South-Eastern 277 135
Northern 250 102
Scottish 170 15
Southern 469 150
Western 277 152
London District 104 15
Northern Ireland District 89 89
1,921 778

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