§ 30. Mr. CLOUGH
asked whether the Secretary to the Admiralty can see his way to advance the pay of the coxswains of His Majesty's trawlers to 3s. 6d. per day and £1 per month war retainer so as to place them on the same scale of pay as the A.B. Trawler Reserve; and whether he can arrange for them to obtain their food from the Service at Service prices?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The retainer paid to the Royal Naval Reservist is given in respect of his liability to be called up from civil life on mobilisation, and unless he elects to allot half of it to his dependants it is set aside for payment to him on resuming his civil occupation. It is therefore not appropriate to the conditions under which naval ratings of the general Service are engaged. When employed in trawlers the latter are eligible to receive the allowance recently conceded of 1s. 3d. a day (chief petty officer and petty officer) or 1s. a day (A.B. and leading ratings) hard lying money in addition to their substantive, non-substantive, and badge pay. All men of whatever class serving in trawlers receive a victualling allowance of 1s. 5d. a day. As regards the last sentence of my hon. Friend's question, I understand that arrangements of the nature indicated are already made so far as is practicable.