§ 29. Captain W. G. HALL
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the estimated saving likely to accrue, as a result of the decision to close the Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth, for the week's holiday with pay recently granted, as compared with the cost of allowing the personnel to take the week as and when convenient to all concerned?
§ Mr. G. HALL
It is not practicable to give a reliable estimate of the saving likely to accrue by adopting one scheme in preference to the other, but it is obvious that by closing for a week there 400 will be considerable savings due to the reduction of standing charges for power, lighting, transport, etc. The interference with work consequent on a considerable number of men being absent at varying times will also be avoided.
§ Captain W. G. HALL
Surely the hon. Member can give us some figure? I understand that the dockyard is to be closed for a week because it is going to save money. Surely the Admiralty have some figures to go upon?
§ Mr. G. HALL
This is a new concession. It is the first time for the dockyard to be closed for a week, and it is impossible to give any definite figure until the experiment has been tried.
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
The hon. Gentleman is closing the dockyard for a week on the ground of economy. Surely he can tell as what that economy is going to be, because he will have to justify this treatment of the dockyard in a manner different from that of any other Civil Service Department?