HC Deb 05 August 1924 vol 176 c2766W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty he is aware that the admiral's office of the "Queen Elizabeth" is situated on the water line, immediately above the propellers and, when at sea, the office scuttles can seldom be opened, and that the mess of the writers of the admiral's staff is under the water line, with no natural light; and, in view of the fact that these writers are working over 56 hours per week and that Article 1491, King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, lays down an office working day of six hours, whether he will further inquire into the conditions under which these writers have to live and work?


The answers to the first two parts of the question are in the affirmative, and to the third part that the writers' mess is above the water line but has no natural light. With regard to the fourth part, Article 1491, King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, does not bear the construction suggested. The reply to the fifth part is in the negative.