Mr. T. WILSON
asked the Prime Minister whether the Government is now prepared to submit to arbitration the claim for a War bonus made by Civil servants other than those in the Post Office service?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I would refer to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for West Ham South on 19th July with regard to the case of the non-pensioner watchers in the Customs.
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that the workmen employed in the Works Department at the Royal Victoria Yard, Deptford, are not receiving the War bonus, while the workmen in all the other Departments are; and whether he will give instructions that the men in the Works Department be treated in the same manner as the rest of the workmen?2288W
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The facts are as stated in the first part of the hon. Member's question. As regards the latter part of the question, the emergency increase granted in connection with the award of the Committee on Production is payable only to employés who are paid at Admiralty rates, and is not applicable in the case of Works Department workmen who are paid at the rates prevailing in the district.
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he has received a complaint regarding the firm of Messrs. Vosper, engineers, Broad Street, Portsmouth, who refuse to pay the War bonus to the joiners employed by them on work
for the Admiralty, while other firms in the district doing similar work are paying a bonus; whether the Admiralty are treating Vosper's differently to the other firms; and, if not, whether they will compel the firm to treat its workmen in the same manner that the other firms are treating their workmen?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. Inquiry will be made.