§ Mr. RANKIN
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the recent increase in the value of the Chinese dollar in relation to sterling has caused a severe reduction in the pay of naval officers on the China station, in view of the fact that such pay is distributed in dollars; and whether, since the cost of living has not fallen by a corresponding amount, he proposes to take any steps to alleviate the hardship which may result?
Sir B. EYRES MONSELL
I am, of course, aware of the recent increase in the value of the Hong Kong dollar, and its effect upon the pay of naval officers 1694 on the China Station. I can assure my hon. Friend that the matter is already receiving consideration.