§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the question of granting an increase of pay to the mates in charge of War Department general service vessels holding masters' certificates, in view of the fact that their present rate of pay is out of proportion to their rank, qualifications, and responsibilities, and is in fact 19s. per week less than the pay of second engineers?
§ Mr. FORSTER
It had been hoped to make an announcement on the subject of the rates of pay of officers and crews of War Department vessels generally at home stations, but fresh claims made by representatives of similar classes of employés under the Admiralty have reopened the matter, which is again under consideration.