§ SIR J. HASLETT (Belfast, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will reconsider the position and pay of coopers on board Her Majesty's ships, and grant them the same rate of pay as similar tradesmen on land; and whether he will permit them to wear cloth uniform the same as shipwrights?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. MACARTNEY) Antrim, S.
As regards the first paragraph of the Question, I regret that I am unable to add anything to the answer I gave to the honourable Member on the same point last year. The subject of uniform has engaged the attention of the Admiralty, but it is not proposed to make any change.