HC Deb 30 June 1915 vol 72 cc1809-10W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can see his way to making such arrangements as will allow of the naval pensioners and Fleet Reserve men now engaged in boom-defence work at Portland having an occasional rest on Sunday?


These men are now on exactly the same footing as active service ratings, and get active service rates of pay. Sundays are, of course, in respect of necessary work, the same as any other day in war time, and the grant of leave must entirely be governed by the necessities of war. I can give no assurance on the subject beyond saying that the possibility of granting leave will be considered by the proper authorities when those necessities admit.