HC Deb 20 June 1938 vol 337 c700
57. Mr. Gallacher

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that splicers at the boom depot training school, Rosyth, are doing riggers work and training riggers for the new boom boats, while they themselves are drawing 19s. per week less than riggers or the men they are training; and whether he will consider classifying wire splicers as riggers, with a view to their receiving the recognised wages for the job they are performing?

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Colonel Llewellin)

The men being trained by the wire splicers at Rosyth Boom Defence Depot are not riggers but skilled labourers. Wire splicers are not being employed on rigger's work and their rates of pay are considered appropriate to the duties which they are required to perform.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister aware that this is the first time that I have heard this described as skilled labour. They are either skilled men, or they are not. If they are skilled men, is it not proper to see that they get wages commensurate with the work that they are doing?

Colonel Llewellin

There is a very large class of man employed in dockyards and other Admiralty establishments who are termed skilled labourers.

Mr. Alexander

What are they taught? Are they being taught wire splicing?

Colonel Llewellin

They are being taught duties appropriate to wire splicing.