117. Mr. T. WILSON
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the crew of the transport "Themistocles" were asked on re-signing to accept a reduction of wages of£1 a month and that, when they refused to accept this reduction, they were informed that they would be reported to the military authorities; whether any Government official used the threat of military service in getting the men to accept the reduction; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
On the previous voyage of the "Themistocles" from London on the 8th April, the ship was berthed in the Tilbury Dock, and the deck, engine room, and stewards' department ratings were signed on at the Tilbury Dock rates, which are 10s. per month in advance of those ruling at the Royal Albert Dock. On the present voyage, the "Themistocles" sailed from the Royal Albert Dock, and the crew were engaged at the regular Albert Dock rates. As regards the second part of the question, I am having inquiries made. Perhaps my hon. Friend will put a question to me again.