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Maltese Airmen (Pay And Allowances)

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 4 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps he is taking to allay the disquiet in Malta due to Maltese in the Royal Air Force on postponement of release engagement receiving pay and allowances far below that paid to airmen who have signed on for Regular engagement or United Kingdom airmen who have signed on for postponement of release engagement; and what is the difference per day in the pay and allowances of Maltese Regular airmen and Maltese serving on postponement of release engagement.

I am not aware of any disquiet; Maltese airmen who enlisted on normal Regular engagements for service throughout the world receive the same pay and allowances as United Kingdom airmen. Maltese airmen who enlisted for limited service in the Malta Command receive lower rates. The difference in pay and allowances varies according to rank, number of children and so on. I will write to my hon. Friend giving examples of the differences.