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Glasgow (Rubbish Clearance)

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1975

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asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will arrange that the troops engaged in clearing the garbage in Glasgow will receive the trade union rates of pay and that the authorities concerned will be debited with the costs involved.

Service men engaged on this task receive normal Service pay and allowances. The Glasgow Corporation will be charged for extra costs arising from the operation.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will give a detailed list of the men and officers engaged on the clearing of the garbage in Glasgow and their rates of pay and allowances on a daily or weekly basis.

There are currently about 1,500 troops engaged on this operation, including 54 officers.It is not the practice to give details of an individual Service man's pay, but I would refer my hon. Friend to Command Paper 5631 for general details of Service pay rates effective from 1st April 1974, which have since been increased by threshold payments of £4·40 per week. Those troops actually engaged on rubbish collection are entitled to a long-standing allowance, which has recently been increased to 50p a day, for work of an objectionable nature.