§ Colonel ROUNDELL
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the discontent amongst both officers and men in the Navy at the delay in issuing details of the increase of pay to all ranks; whether an indication meeting was recently held at Portsmouth by mem- 224W bers of the lower deck to protest against the delay; and what is the reason of the delay in question?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
I presume my hon. and gallant Friend refers to the question of officers' pay. We greatly regret the delay involved, which has been inevitable in view of the comprehensive character of the examination of the problem which has been made. The Admiralty proposals are before the War Cabinet, and I am authorised by the Leader of the House to say that a decision will be taken during the present week.