Male Typists (Pay)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th February 1951.

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Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth 12:00 am, 13th February 1951

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what grounds he has agreed to pay men typists one and a quarter times as much as women typists for the same work, while he continues to pay women civil servants less than men civil servants for equal work in other grades; and if he will remedy this position.

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

This agreement was reached in the light of a recent award of the Civil Service Arbitration Tribunal.

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

While I am very well aware of that, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will very kindly answer the question about the grounds on which that decision was arrived at?

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

Because the tribunal had already awarded to male clerical assistants rates of pay equal to five-fourths of that awarded to clerical assistants and we considered that the same principle should obviously be applied in the case of typists.

Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South

How does my right hon. Friend reconcile that principle with the principle already accepted by the Government that the rate for the job should be paid in these various services?

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

I have already explained that this was a decision by the arbitration tribunal.