§ 7. Mr. Willis
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what proportion of artificers, re-engaging for pension during the last twelve months for which figures are available, had reached chief's rating before re-engagement.
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
I assume that the hon. Member's Question refers to chief artificers, although all artificers from 3rd class and upwards are paid at the chief petty officer level.
An artificer may re-engage for pension at any time within the last four years of his twelve-year engagement. During the twelve months up to September, 1959 the proportion of artificers who had become chief artificers before executing re-engagements for pension was 8 per cent. Of those who actually commenced their re-engagements for pension during this period, 14 per cent, were chief artificers.
§ Mr. Willis
Does not the fact that they attain this rank fairly early in their careers demonstrate the necessity for a master rate?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
It would not be true to say that, outside the E.R.As., they all obtain this rank early in their careers. The question of a master rate is a more complicated one, which ought not to be lightly dealt with by way of supplementary questions and answers.