§ Mr. BENNETT
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if, in the new scale of pay for the officers of the Navy, the specialist allowances given to all gunnery and torpedo officers arc 1s. 6d. a day less than those given to navigating officers holding a first-class certificate; and if he can state why this differential treatment is held out to officers of equal substantive rank?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The facts are as stated by my hon. Friend. It was considered by the Board that the duties of a lieutenant (N.) who has passed for first-class ships for pilotage justified a higher specialist allowance in his case than in that of gunnery or torpedo officers It must be remembered that he holds a joint responsibility with the captain for the conduct of the ship at sea.