HC Deb 06 July 1932 vol 268 cc421-2
15. Mr. McENTEE

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the total number of men discharged from each of His Majesty's naval dockyards since 8th September, 1931, and the number who have been found substituted work by his Department; what schemes have been formulated by his Department for providing substituted work for the men already, or to be, discharged from naval dockyards; and whether he will consider giving instructions that no further discharges shall be made unless and until substituted work is provided?

The CIVIL LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Captain Euan Wallace)

The approximate numbers of men discharged from the home dockyards since the 8th September, 1931, excluding natural wastage, were:

Portsmouth 859
Devonport 770
Chatham 1,059
Sheerness 350

It will be understood that discharges and re-entries are constantly taking place on account of the fluctuations in the amount and nature of the work in the yards, and that the same individual may be discharged and re-entered several times a year. The approximate numbers of entries, who would for the most part be re-entries, during the same period were:

Portsmouth 1,186
Devonport 852
Chatham 1,081
Sheerness 371

The Admiralty is not in a position to provide any scheme of substituted employment, but, whenever possible, discharges are avoided by inter-departmental transfers.

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