Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Wireless Stations (Cleaners Doorkeepers, Liftmen and Handymen)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th February 1964.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley 12:00 am, 26th February 1964

asked the Postmaster-General what is the national gross maximum weekly rate of wages for cleaners, doorkeepers, liftmen and handymen at wireless stations under his control.

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

For cleaners, liftmen and handymen £9 8s. a week. The rates in outer and inner London are greater by 10s. and £1 respectively. This corresponds to the pay of non-industrial male cleaners in the Civil Service generally.

Doorkeepers are paid £10 19s. a week, with an additional 14s. and £1 2s. in outer and inner London respectively.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

The right hon. Gentleman has not mentioned liftmen. Will he do so in a further reply? Does he not agree that these wages are rather low and that this indicates his attitude and that of the Government towards the wages of employees in Departments? When did the Pay Research Unit last examine these wages? Will the right hon. Gentleman do something to bring them up to something like a reasonable level in the near future?

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

I mentioned liftmen in the opening sentence of my Answer. As the hon. Member knows, Civil Service pay—and these men and women are civil servants—is based on comparisons, and the current pay of doorkeepers was agreed with the trade union following a pay research in 1963. Cleaners were subject to the pay survey in 1957 and they were then shown to he paid more than cleaners in outside industry. Since then they have been paid a percentage increase given to the Civil Service generally. I will give the hon. Member more details, if he wishes, in a further communication.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

Could my right hon. Friend publish a statement in HANSARD showing how much lower were the wages paid to these grades under the last Socialist Government in October, 1951?

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

I think that that supplementary question is a little off the Question.