HC Deb 14 December 1906 vol 167 c826
SIR JOHN BENN (Devonport)

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware of a general desire in His Majesty's Dockyard, Devonport, North and South, that a re-arrangement of time for the three months November, December, and January should be effected so that the working hours for the three months may become, the same as those arranged by the Admiralty from 1st February to 31st October, thus creating one uniform time; and whether, in view of the advantages to the employees accruing from the concession of the working hours of the aforesaid nine months, he would grant their continuance for the whole of the twelve mouths, thus placing the employees on the same system as at Portsmouth dockyard.

(Answered by Mr. Edmund Robertson.) The system of hours at present in force is only experimental, and the rearrangement which my honourable friend proposes will have attention when the question of establishing the present system on a permanent basis comes up for consideration in a few months time.