§ COLONEL HUGHES () Woolwich
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether extra money is paid to clerks and others in the Admiralty Office (under Navy Vote 12) varying from £30 to £150 a year as a London allowance; and whether the principle can be extended to workmen employed by the Admiralty at Deptford as compared with men at Pembroke?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. GOSCHEN, St. George's,) Hanover Square
London allowances are paid in certain circumstances, but there is no analogy between such cases and that suggested in the second part of the honourable and gallant Gentleman's question, the main object of the allowances being to facilitate transfers from the Dockyards to the Admiralty in London, and vice versa, in the interests of the Service, not of the individual. The honourable Gentleman should remember that a Committee of Inquiry sat on the subject of wages to unskilled workmen, and on their report the wages at Deptford were increased by 1s. as compared with the sum paid in other Dockyards.