§ Sir CLEMENT K1NLOCH - COOKE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether he is aware that whereas outside the royal dockyards ship-joiners rank among the highest-paid mechanics, inside the royal yards they are among the lowest-paid mechanics; can he explain why ship-joiners in the royal yards are paid only 34s. 6d. while the wages paid for similar work are in London 42s., Liverpool 42s., and Belfast 42s. 6d.; and whether he will 854 inquire into the matter with a view to so adjusting the wages paid to ship-joiners in the royal dockyards that they may more nearly approach the wages paid for similar work in private yards?
The Admiralty are aware of the rates of pay of joiners in outside shipbuilding yards. Any comparisons, made must take into account the hours, worked as well as the wages paid. The rate for joiners in His Majesty's Dockyards is now under consideration in connection with the annual petitions presented by the workmen.