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Glasgow Refuse Clearance

Volume 889: debated on Monday 7 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will authorise extra leave for the troops working on clearing up the mess in Glasgow, on the scale of one day's additional leave for everyday on this duty, after the job is completed.

Soldiers are being employed on rubbish disposal in Glasgow for periods not exceeding three weeks during which their working schedule is two days on and one day-off. I consider that the existing leave arrangements are adequate.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will compare the average pay received by the soldiers in respect of work done in the Glasgow dustmen's strike with the average which would have been paid to a civilian employee.

:No. Such a comparison would not be valid, as the conditions of service for soldiers and civilians are quite different and vary between different groups of civilians.