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Royal Military Academy

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 12 July 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for War the rate of pay for civilian science and mathematics tutors at the Royal Military Academy; how the pay, allowances and conditions of service of these tutors compare with the best conditions that obtain outside Government service; and what shortage there is of civilian tutors at the Royal Military Academy.

There is no strictly comparable institution outside the Government service.The yearly rates of pay for civilian lecturers, to whom I presume the hon. and gallant Member is referring, are as follows: principal lecturer, £950 with an annual increment of £30 to £1,100; lecturer, £350 at 21, with an annual increment of £25 to £900. One increment is given for each year above the age of 21 up to the age of 31. A lecturer of 31 would, therefore, start at £600 a year. Conditions of service for lecturers are generally the same as those of the professional grades of the Civil Service, and do not compare unfavourably with those in the educational world.The nearest civilian lecturer equivalent would probably be found in technical schools and colleges. A comparative table showing the rates of pay of those in technical schools is contained in the Burnham Committee Report of 1948 and my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in answer to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for South Salford (Mr. Hardy) on 15th March, 1949, gave the salaries of those in universities. There are at present vacancies in four permanent and six temporary posts of lecturers. A Civil Service Commission competition to fill these vacancies is being held shortly.