HC Deb 07 April 1954 vol 526 cc37-8W
67. Sir J. Lucas

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how the earnings of dockyard workers employed at Portsmouth compare with their counterparts in civilian industry, taking into account any existing pension schemes.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

The basic rates of pay of all Admiralty industrial employees are regulated in accordance with the principles of the fair wages resolution. When account is taken of the cash value of conditions of service, such as superannuation benefits, and of the disparity in overtime working, the average earnings at Portsmouth dockyard are not widely divergent from the published average earnings of the engineering, shipbuilding and electrical goods industries.

68. Sir J. Lucas

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is satisfied that adequate opportunity is offered to workers in Her Majesty's dockyards to work overtime should there be work necessitating early completion.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

Yes. Overtime may be worked at the discretion of the management if the urgency of the work requires it, or if there is a temporary unbalance in the labour force.