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Government Departments (Differentia Practices)

Volume 524: debated on Tuesday 9 March 1954

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give details of differential practices in recruitment grades in all Government Departments and the dates of their introduction.

If my hon. Friend will give me further particulars, I will do my best to give her an answer.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Minister of Labour told me last week that the fact that Grade II Factory Inspectors get equal pay, although neither Grade I nor Grade III get it, was due to some recruitment arrangement? If it is possible under one recruitment arrangement to give equal pay, would it not be possible under other recruitment arrangements to give equal pay, because what is the difference?

It was precisely to elicit such clarification as this that I gave my answer, and I will now study the submission made by the hon. Lady.