HC Deb 28 February 1918 vol 103 cc1556-7
72. Mr. WILKIE

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Admiralty have now considered the requests and petitions forwarded by naval shipwrights with reference to their names, pay, and status; and, if so, will he state the Admiralty decisions theron?


As regards titles, the former titles of the officers of this branch, which no longer correspond to the duties carried out by them, have been altered as follows:

Former Title. New Title.
Carpenter Lieutenant Commander Shipwright Lieutenant Commander
Carpenter Lieutenant Shipwright Lieutenant
Chief Carpenter Commissioned Shipwright
Carpenter Warrant Shipwright

The pay of shipwright lieutenants and commissioned shipwrights has been raised by Is. a day as from the 14th December last. This increase in pay is purely a matter of rectification, and is not in any way connected with the general question of pay, which is at present under consideration by a Committee. Officers of the branch will in future wear a similar distinguishing stripe to that worn by officers of the Corps of Naval Constructors—namely, a narrow stripe of silver-grey cloth on the cuff. The whole question of the pay and position of naval shipwrights (men) is at present engaging the attention of the Committee appointed for the purpose.