HC Deb 23 March 1938 vol 333 cc1214-5W
Captain Plugge

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what steps were taken before the announcement of the naval officers' marriage allowance scheme to consult officers of all ranks to see whether or not the scheme commended itself to them?

Mr. Shakespeare

The Admiralty scheme for marriage allowance was communicated to all Commanders-in-Chief, both at Home and abroad, who were asked to make such inquiries as their discretion dictated with a view to obtaining a reliable opinion from officers in their commands. My hon. and gallant Friend will realise that at the time when the inquiries were made care had to be taken not to arouse expectations that any scheme would necessarily be sanctioned.

Captain Plugge

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that many officers serving in the Royal dockyards, Admiralty, and other shore establishments, will be worse off to the extent of £35 or more as a result of the introduction of the marriage allowance scheme; and whether he will reconsider the decision to abolish the lodging allowance of such officers in connection with this scheme?

Mr. Shakespeare

The class to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers consists

Constructive. Engineering. Works.
H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth 154 2 95
H.M. Dockyard, Devonport 95 81
H.M. Dockyard, Chatham 57 70
H.M. Dockyard, Sheerness 11
H.M. Dockyard, Portland 1 24
H.M. Dockyard, Rosyth 11
Miscellaneous Establishments (Armament Depots, Victualling Yards, etc.). 62 in all.