§ Mr. Rawlinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the pay of inspectors and superintendents of the Metropolitan Police on 1st May, 1938; what was the pay of these ranks on 1st May, 1958; and what pay these ranks would have had to receive on 1st May, 1958, in order to have the equivalent purchasing power of the rates of 1st May, 1938.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
The salaries payable to inspectors and superintendents of the Metropolitan Police on 1st May, 1938, and the salaries which would now (disregarding the incidence of taxation) have the same purchasing power are:
SALARY AT 1ST MAY, 1938 Equivalent of 1938 maximum in terms of 1958 values £ £ Station inspector 340x10–380 1,064 Inspector 327x13–392 1,097 Sub-divisional Inspector 402x13–454 1,271 Superintendent 650x25–800 2,240
The rank of station inspector no longer exists; the duties that attached to that rank in 1938 are, with added responsibilities, now performed by chief inspectors. In 1938 the officer in charge of a sub-division held the rank of sub-divisional inspector; the post, which now carries increased responsibilities, is now held by officers of the rank of superintendent grade 1. Officers of the rank of superintendent were re-graded chief superintendent in 1949. The salaries of the new ranks on 1st May, 1958, were:
- Chief Inspector—£940x£35—£1,010.
- Superintendent grade 1—£1,340x£35—£1,410.
- Chief Superintendent—£1,610x£55—£1,720