HC Deb 06 May 1903 vol 121 c1508
MR. KEIR HARDIE (Merthyr Tydvil)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that on the occasion of a first-class warehouseman, who was in charge of the Admiralty stationery store at the West India Dock Naval Department, being transferred to a foreign station, a labourer with only nine months' service was placed in charge of the store, whilst the claims of men with from three to-seven years' service were overlooked, and whether, seeing that as a consequence a second class store houseman with ten years' service has resigned, he will make inquiry into the claims of the men passed over.


The hon. Member's Question appears to be based on inaccurate information. The arrangement referred to is a purely temporary one made pending the arrival of a store houseman from a foreign station, and the statement that the labourer placed in charge of the store has only nine months' service is incorrect. The only store-houseman who has recently retired was already considerably beyond the ordinary age for retirement, and was, moreover, in temporary charge of the store at the, date of his ceasing duty.