HC Deb 14 March 1962 vol 655 cc1294-5
10. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty to what extent officers and men of the Royal Navy now co-operate with the American naval authorities at the Polaris base in Holy Loch.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

Co-operation between the two naval authorities continues as required over the whole field of United States naval activities in the area and is first class.

Mr. Hughes

Can the hon. Gentleman say how many men are permanently employed in connection with the American submarines in the Holy Loch?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

I am not clear from the hon. Gentleman's question whether he means United States naval men or United States civilians or British civilians or British naval men. It does not arise directly out of the Question. I myself have visited this site, and I have no doubt that the hon. Gentleman is in the area quite often. I would say that cooperation is absolutely first-class and has been steadily improving over the year during which "Proteus" has been on station.

Mr. Rankin

Could the hon. Gentleman tell us, as to the remuneration and pay of our boys, do they co-operate on a lower rate than that of the Americans?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Our men are normally paid the rate for the job, which I think is a fair arrangement. It makes no difference whether the personnel are serving on the Forth or the Clyde or in Wales or anywhere else. The hon. Member should consult the Estimates for rates.

Mr. Rankin

Our boys are doing the job at cheaper rates than the Americans.