§ Lord CHARLES BERESFORD
asked the Secretary of State for War, whether the labourers working in the Army Ordnance Department at Woolwich and district are to have an increase of pay to 25s. per week; whether he would take into consideration the case of men employed in the Army Ordnance Department, His Majesty's Gunwharf, Portsmouth, who are at present only receiving: labourers, 20s. 6d. per week, leading men, 22s. per week, and assistant foremen, 23s. per week; whether the question of rent 2048 (locally) is taken into consideration when fixing the pay of employés in the Government service; and whether he is aware that house rent in Portsmouth is increasing yearly?
§ Mr. HALDANE
I hope to make a statement on the general question of the wages of labourers in connection with the Estimates. The question of the men employed at Portsmouth is under consideration. Wages are based on local rates, and the element of rent is, of course, one factor in such rates.