asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities make up the Service pay of their called-up employees to the amount of their former civil pay without making any deduction in respect of food, clothing and accommodation supplied by the Services; and whether, to avoid invidious comparisons, he will consider recommending to all of them which make up Service pay to civil pay that they should take these items into account?
I have no statistics as to the practice adopted by local authorities on the particular point to which my hon. Friend refers. I am aware that in this matter, as on the more general issue of the extent, if any, to which Service pay shall be supplemented, the practice of local authorities varies. This is, however, an issue which, within the limits laid down by the Act, Parliament has left wholly to the discretion of local authorities, and I do not think I could properly make recommendations on a matter of this kind with a view to securing uniformity.