HC Deb 09 March 1911 vol 22 cc1727-8W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the fact that some chargemen of trades in the Royal dockyards get 1s. 6d. per day, while others are only allowed 1s. per day; can he say on what grounds the difference is made, and in particular whether the work performed by chargemen paid 1s. per day is in all practical respects identical with chargemen paid 1s. 6d. a day, allowing for the difference in trades; and will he consider the advisability of placing all chargemen of trades on the same footing in repect of the allowance made them by making a uniform payment of 1s. 6d. per day?


The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's question is in the affirmative, and the grounds for differentiation are length of service combined with general and professional ability. The suggestion made in the last part of the question will be considered with the petitions that are now under review.