§ 5. Dame Joan Vickers
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what action he is taking in regard to the status and pay of the apprentice instructors, charge-men and medical assistants in Her Majesty's Dockyards.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
As I told the hon. Lady on 9th March, we are making progress, and hope to give detailed proposals to the trade union and staff sides before long.
§ Dame Joan Vickers
This is an urgent matter and by now the hon. Gentleman will have received a petition from all the apprentice instructors from all the dockyards in the country. They would like to send a delegation to see him about the matter. Will he grant them an interview?
§ Mr. Mallalieu
I know that this is urgent, but it is also very complicated and the matter must be handled through the trade unions.