§ Mr. W. J. BROWN
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that there are employed by the collector of customs and excise, at 184, Deansgate, Manchester, a number of women cleaners who work 30 hours per week for a basic wage of 13s., plus a cost-of-living bonus of 6s. 6d., bringing their total weekly wage to 19s. 6d.; whether he is aware that the association to which these women belong, namely, the Government Minor Grades Association, has been notified that the Commissioners of Customs and Excise regret they cannot see their way to increase that rate; and, seeing that a total wage of 19s. 6d. per week is insufficient for work of this nature or even to obtain the necessities of life, whether he will take steps to remedy this position?