HC Deb 06 February 1908 vol 183 cc1067-8
MR. FFRENCH (Wexford, S.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that although first-class Royal Naval Reserve men at Rosslare received a bonus of £5 each, the second-class Royal Naval Reserve men, doing the same duty, for the same period and under the same rule of service, received no bonus at all; whether he is aware that great dissatisfaction prevails amongst the latter class; and whether he will consider their claims to a bonus commensurate with their service.


First-class men, that is men who are specially qualified, can, according to the Regulations, earn a gratuity not of £5 but of £50, in lieu of pension. Second-class men who qualify for the higher rating under the conditions laid down when the new Regulations were introduced in April, 1906, would be entitled to the same privilege.