§ MR. HARMSWORTH
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the forthcoming increase in the pay of private soldiers, it is in contemplation to make a corresponding addition to pay of the bluejackets, stokers, and marines of the Royal Navy.
§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
As stated in prievous answers the question of the pay of the Royal Marines is under consideration. The circumstances under which the other Naval Ratings referred 277 to serve are so dissimilar to those prevailing in the Army, that, in the opinion of the Admiralty, the question of their pay must be considered as altogether independent of Army rates. No changes in the rates of pay in Naval ratings generally are in contemplation.