HC Deb 07 March 1951 vol 485 cc408-9
4. Mr. Percy Wells

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what is the estimated saving in labour and cost resulting from the removal of the Naval Store Department from Sheerness to His Majesty's Dockyard, Chatham.

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. Walter Edwards)

The net saving in labour to date is 21 non-industrials and 50 industrials, with a total annual pay bill of about £21,000. There has also been saving by the release of storehouses and stocks of stores at Sheerness. which cannot be easily estimated.

Mr. Wells

Is my hon. Friend prepared to state that there has been no loss of efficiency in consequence of this change?

Mr. Edwards

It is not a question of loss of efficiency. The change is not yet complete, but we hope that there will be more efficiency when the removal to Chatham is completed.

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