Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a feeling of dissatisfaction among our airmen at not getting the same rate of pay as other airmen serving with them, and could not an attempt be made to level up the rates, because this is a common war and everybody ought to be served alike?
The pay of airmen in the R.A.F. varies according to their trade or classification as well as according to their rank. Non-tradesmen receive from 2s. 6d. to 14s. a day according to rank or classification. The minimum tradesmen's rate is 3s. 6d. a day for an Aircraftman 2nd Class in the lowest tradesmen's group (group III), the maximum being 17s. a day for a Warrant Officer in the highest group (group I). Aircrew rates vary from 7s. 6d. a day for a Sergeant Air Gunner to 17s. a day for a Warrant Officer Pilot, Navigator or Air Bomber. These rates include the war pay of 6d. a day but exclude the post-war credit of 6d. a day.
I am unable to give authoritative information about rates of pay other than those payable in the R.A.F., but I am advised that the following are the daily rates paid to airmen of the Dominion and Allied Air Forces. The rates are quoted in the currency of the country concerned, (£1 Australian = 16s. sterling, and £1 New Zealand = 16s. 1d. sterling).
|Non-tradesmen||from||$1·30 to $4·20|
|Tradesmen||"||$1·55 to $4·95|
|Aircrew||"||$2·95 to $5·70|
|Non-tradesmen||"||7s. to 14s. 2d.|
|Tradesmen||"||9s. 9d. to 17s. 5d.|
|Aircrew||"||14s. 2d. to 21s. 10d|
|Non-tradesmen||"||5s. 6d. to 17s. 3d.|
|Tradesmen||"||6s. 7d. to 17s. 3d.|
|Non-tradesmen||"||3s. 6d. to 15s.|
|tradesmen||"||5s to 22s. 6d.|
|Non-tradesmen||"||$1·66 to $4·60|
|Tradesmen||"||$3·20 to $3·80|
|Aircrew||"||$3·30 to $4·80|
By agreement with the Dominion Governments concerned, R.C.A.F., R.A.A.F. and R.N.Z.A.F. personnel serving with the R.A.F. are paid by the United Kingdom Government at R.A.F. rates and the difference between the R.A.F, rates and the rates appropriate in the, respective Dominion Forces is credited to a deferred pay account at the expense of the Dominion Government.
Airmen of all Forces receive many benefits in kind in addition to pay. In the R.A.F. these include food, lodging, clothing, laundry, unemployment and sickness insurance, together with amenities of various kinds as well as family or dependants' allowances, War Service Grants in certain circumstances, and non-effective benefits for themselves and their dependants in the event of disablement or death.