Boys (Wages).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 21st May 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

asked the Minister of Labour the average wage of boys in Government and other munition factories, ages 14 to 16 and 16 to 18, respectively?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, if I may, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The time rates of wages for boys employed in the Ministry of Supply establishments, including Royal Ordnance factories, are for a 47-hour week as follow:

AgeLondonElsewhere
s.d.s.d.
14–15160156
15–16186180
16–17220216
17–18260256
18–19370360

With regard to other munition factories, particulars of the average weekly earnings in July, 1941, of youths and boys under 21 years of age in manufacturing industries generally, including those which are largely or partly engaged on munitions work, were given in the Ministry of Labour "Gazettes" for November and December, copies of which have been placed in the Library. Separate figures are not available as regards boys aged 14 to 16 or 16 to 18 years.