Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Wages of Air Service Staff.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware of the conditions of service imposed by Aer Lingus Teo. on their traffic staff at Rhinanna Air Base, since taking over the traffic agency there for British Overseas Airways Corporation; that the men are working for wages and bonus as low as £2 18s. per week, from which a rental of 7/6d. each per week is deducted for sleeping accommodation in an unsuitable wooden hut, and provision of their own food and bed linen; and if he will make representations to the company with a view to the improvement of the position.

The Deputy's query relates to matters of administration which fall within the province of the directors of Aer Lingus Teoranta. It is not the practice to interfere with the directors in the exercise of their administrative functions or to answer in the Dáil questions of detail regarding administration.

Mr. Larkin

Would it be correct to say that one of the officers of the Minister's Department, on his direction, advised a certain public body, at Collinstown, to define the commercial values of the workers there so as to bring them under the agricultural rates of wages?

I could not answer that question without notice.

Mr. Larkin

I will give the Minister the question in writing.