§ Sir CLEMENT KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he was aware that for many years the mechanics in the Royal dockyards 889 who had served an apprenticeship to the hand-sewn boot and shoe trade were classed as skilled labourers and paid as such; that in 1908 the Admiralty made them a minor trade, and classed them as leather-hose makers; that since that date the maximum rate for skilled labourers had been raised to 30s. a week, leaving the leather-hose makers no longer classed as skilled labourers, at the old rates of pay, namely, 26s. 6d. for established men and 28s. for hired men; and whether, seeing that the hose-makers' trade was ever widening and becoming more difficult, he would consider the advisability of granting a trade rate of pay of 30s for established men and 31s. 6d. for hired men?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The reply to the first, second, and third parts of the question is in the affirmative, but a few of the leather-hose makers are allowed the same maximum rates as skilled labourers—namely, 30s. a week. The rate of wages of the class in question is now again under consideration in connection with the annual petitions.