§ Mr. GLANVILLE
asked what is the number of men engaged in the Naval Ordnance Department, Woolwich Arsenal; how many men are in receipt of 24s. per week; if these have been subjected to a reduction out of this small wage for the National Health Insurance; and how many have received a rise through the recent regrading system?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The total number of men employed in the Naval Ordnance Department at Woolwich is 410. Two hundred and sixty-eight are classed as labourers, and paid the minimum rate of 24s. per week. Six of these, however, receive up to 3s. per week for special duties, and six are paid piecework rates, amounting on an average to 8s. per week more than their ordinary pay. Fourpence per week is deducted from the wages of 266 of the 268 labourers on account of their contribution under Part I. of the National Insurance Act; the remaining two are exempt from the Act. Six men have received increases in pay on account of the regrading system.