Auxiliary Territorial Service (Clerks).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Viscountess Astor:

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing that the pay received by civilian women clerks employed in military offices considerably exceeds the total emoluments received by Auxiliary Territorial Service clerks doing the same type of work, he will, in view of the present shortage of recruits for the clerical branch of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, take steps to put an end to this distinction?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

Taking into consideration the fact that the Auxiliary Territorial Service are all found, receiving free board, lodging and uniform, as well as medical attention and dental treatment, and opportunities for higher rates on promotion, I cannot agree that the Auxiliary Territorial Service clerks are generally worse off as compared with civilian women clerks than soldiers similarly employed with their civilian counterparts. Recruiting for the Service has recently improved considerably, and measures to stimulate it still further under active consideration.