§ Mr. Burden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average difference between the take-home pay of a detective chief inspector and a superintendent in the Metropolitan Police force.
§ Dr. Summerskill
A recent Police Council survey showed that in May 1974 average gross earnings including allowances and, in the case of the detective chief inspector, overtime, were £5,718 for a detective chief inspector and £4,773 for a superintendent—a difference of £945. This disturbing discrepancy arises from the fact that chief inspectors are paid overtime and superintendents are not. The structure of police pay is currently being investigated by a working party of the Police Council.