§ Mr. Stephen
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that while Royal Navy pensioner ratings and Royal Fleet Reserve ratings get paid for their good conduct badges at the rate of 3d. per day for each badge the Royal Naval Reserve ratings do not get such payments; that pensioner ratings in the Royal Navy are allowed to draw their pensions while on service, but Royal Naval Reserve ratings had their pensions or retainers stopped on the outbreak of war; and whether he will take steps to put the Royal Naval Reserve ratings on the same basis as the others doing the same work by granting them also payment for good conduct badges and continuance of their retainers in war time?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave yesterday to the hon. Member for Plaistow (Mr. Thorne) and the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher).