§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what category of employee in his Department is in receipt of the lowest wage or salary scale; what this income is; how much it would cost to increase the salaries of those in this category by 25 per cent.; and whether he will give similar details with regard to their pension entitlement.
§ Mr. Foley
The lowest scale is for Typists Grade II with a national scale of £4 18s. 6d. (age 15) to £12 11s. 0d. a week, and an inner London rate of £6 2s. 6d. (age 15) to £13 17s. 0d.; the cost of a 25 per cent. increase in the Department of Economic Affairs would be approximately £2,152 per annum. Pension entitlement would depend on the grade from which retirement takes place.