HC Deb 14 May 1948 vol 450 c258W
Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for War what was the weekly wage of the three caretakers employed at Rosebank House, Lockerbie, from the time when the house ceased to be used by his Department to the time of its derequisitiong.

Mr. Shinwell

The three men concerned were engaged as shift-working patrol watchmen and their rates of wages and other conditions were those agreed for this type of employment in Government Service throughout the country. Under the agreement operative at that time, a watchman who worked six shifts of eight to ten hours received 93s. a week (that is, 15s. 6d. a shift) with no extra pay for shift or weekend working. Where, as in this case, seven shifts were worked and the men had no rest day, the total weekly earnings were 123s.