§ 38. Mr. FALLE
asked if, in February, 1911, volunteer crews were called for to take three submarines to Hong Kong and for service in those waters for a period of two years, and if, since these crews volunteered, an order has been issued that all submarine ratings on passage home in ships should have their pay stopped during passage, a matter of some ten weeks; and, if so, can any reason be given why these crews should be penalised?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The special allowances granted in consideration of the risk and discomfort and possible danger to health on account of service in submarines are not paid during the time the men are on passage to foreign stations in other ships, but they receive their ordinary pay and allowances. This rule, I may add, does not represent, as appears to be suggested in the question, any departure from our general practice, nor has any special order been issued by the Admiralty in this case.