§ Mr. W. Edwards
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what adjustments have been made in the pay scales of ratings of the Royal Navy to correspond with those announced in the White Paper for other ranks in the Army.
The following adjustments have been made in the pay of the Royal Navy. They do not apply to men on the higher pre-1925 pay scale. In accordance with the policy stated in the Government White Paper, that the present increases do not apply to tradesmen, the artificer, artisan, and mechanical branches of the Royal Navy are excluded from the Naval increases.
Subject to these exceptions, the substantive pay of able and leading seamen and equivalent grades in other branches is being increased by 3d. a day, and the first progressive pay of able seaman ratings, achieved after three years man's service, is being increased from 4d. to 6d. Marines on completion of training and corporals R.M., other than those paid at tradesmen's rates, will receive the same increases as able and leading seamen respectively. Wrens, if they hold a rating equivalent to that of able seaman, and leading Wrens will receive an increase of 2d. a day; the first progressive pay of the Wren is increased from 3d. to 4d.