7. Brigadier Clarke
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what representation has been made to him regarding the low rate of wages enjoyed by the unskilled workers in Her Majesty's Dockyards.
Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that these unskilled workers receive less than agricultural workers? Will he do what he can to help them in their wage claims?
§ Mr. Bottomley
Bearing in mind the special responsibility of the Civil Lord in this matter, will the hon. Gentleman agree that the National Joint Industrial Council machinery would work better if the First Lord were able to get, in the Estimates, enough money to meet the requirements of those employed in the dockyards?
§ Mr. Remnant
Is my hon. Friend aware that the comparison with the agricultural worker is not a fair one, because he is a highly skilled person?
§ Mr. Hamilton
Will the Civil Lord agree that the personnel mentioned in this Question will be among the hardest hit if the Admiralty insists on postponement of the assisted travel scheme, particularly as it affects Rosyth Dockyard in Fife?
8. Brigadier Clarke
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how the wages of skilled and semi-skilled workers in Her Majesty's Dockyards compare with wages paid for similar skilled and semi-skilled trades in industry.
|* Rates in the engineering industry are agreed on a district basis and the rates quoted above apply to the majority of districts. The highest district rates (excluding South Wales where special considerations apply) are at Coventry where they were: unskilled, 128s. 1½d.; skilled, 146s. 2¾d.|
|†Workpeople employed in Her Majesty's Dockyards and engaged directly on ship repair work (constructive, engineering, electrical and Captains' Departments) receive additionally a ship repair allowance of 1s. 6d. a week.|