§ Mr. BOWERMAN
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the award of the Admiralty that ninety-five of the workmen in the constructive and engineering departments in Chatham Yard are to receive the new maximum rates for either established or hired men, and ninety-five more are to be paid at 1s. less than the new maximum rates for either established or hired men, is to be interpreted that these special increases are not to be taken into account in connection with the regulation that the average rate must be 25s.?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The Admiralty order to the yard stated that the new rates of pay are to be regarded as "special"—that is to say, outside the normal scale, and are to be awarded only to the limited number of men stated. The average rate of 25s. a week is to be retained for regulating the local award of increases of pay within the old scales. The introduction of the special rates is not intended to modify this average rate.