HC Deb 08 December 1908 vol 198 c226

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that quite recently a workman writer employed in the Army Ordnance Department at Island Bridge, Dublin, resigned his position, and gave as his reason for so doing that he was taking up a similar position which was more remunerative in another military department at Island Bridge; and, in view of this, will he see that the rates of pay for workmen writers are revised up to a living standard.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) I have no knowledge of the circumstances mentioned. The fact that a workman writer left in order to take a better paid post, even in another Army Department, does not seem to me to prove that his wages were below a living standard. I hope, however, to be able to give some increase in the maximum of these writers from the beginning of the next financial year.