HC Deb 26 July 1944 vol 402 cc773-4W
Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the rates of pay for despatch riders; and whether they are classified as tradesmen.

Sir A. Sinclair

The duties of despatch riders in the R.A.F. are performed by airmen of the rank of corporal or below in the Group V trade of motor cyclist.

The daily rates of pay are as follows:

s. d.
Aircraftman, 2nd Class 3 0
Aircraftman, 2nd Class, over 6 months 3 6
Aircraftman, 2nd Class, over 1 year 4 0
Aircraftman, 1st Class 4 6
Leading Aircraftman 5 0
Leading Aircraftman, over 3 years 5 3
Corporal 5 9
Corporal, over 4 years 6 0

These rates are the same as for non-tradesmen. Reclassification to aircraft- man, 1st Class, and leading aircraftman is, however, on the same basis as for tradesmen, namely, qualification in the trade.

Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether motor drivers R.A.F. or W.A.A.F. receive extra pay for such duties.

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir. Airmen and airwomen M.T. drivers of the rank of flight sergeant or below receive a bonus of 3d. per day and 2d. per day respectively for good and careful driving and care in the maintenance of vehicles and equipment.