HC Deb 28 October 1912 vol 43 c42

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the actual time taken in distributing the insurance cards at Keyham Yard was thirty-two minutes and at Devonport twenty-three minutes; that about 1,000 men at Keyham received their cards previously, and had not that been done the distribution would have occupied something like three-quarters of an hour; whether the Admiralty will make some arrangements whereby the men are not detained after working hours; and whether he will recommend the suggestion that once a quarter the bell be rung sufficiently long before five o'clock so as to enable the distribution to take place within the recognised period for work for the approval of the Commissioners?


The time taken at the main distribution was as stated. Men at both south and north yards who were working overtime and could not, therefore, be present at the pay room at five p.m. were given their cards at mid-day. As regards the last part of the question, I can give no undertaking upon the suggestion made. But I am looking into the matter.


The right hon. Gentleman told us the other day that the time occupied was under 10 minutes?


No. I said I thought it did not take more than that. I do not see that this is a very real grievance. It only happens once a quarter. It is very important that these men should have their insurance cards stamped. I will look into the matter.