§ 80. Sir J. Lucas
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that the Admiralty Industrial Civil Servants' Federation has been informed that they must vacate the office which they have been allowed to use for some time in Devonport Dockyard; and whether in view of the fact that this Association caters for the welfare of approximately 6,000 individuals in His Majesty's Dockyards he can arrange for this matter to be reconsidered.
§ Mr. W. Edwards
Offices were provided at Devonport Dockyard for both the full-time secretary (trade union side) of the Yard Whitley Committee, and the Admiralty Industrial Civil Servants' Federation. The purpose of these offices was to enable the Committee and the Federation efficiently to carry out their function of representing the workpeople. Following the repeal of the Trade Disputes Act, however, the Admiralty Industrial Civil Servants' Federation are no longer recognised by the Admiralty as a negotiating body. It is regretted therefore that it is no longer possible to afford them the use of offices inside the dockyard.