HC Deb 19 February 1964 vol 689 c202W
60. Miss Vickers

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty if he will state the number of men now declared redundant in Her Majesty's Dockyard, Devonport; how many are to be offered jobs at Rosyth, Gibraltar or Singapore; and what will be their pay and removal allowances.

Mr. Hay

Eighty-eight, of whom 78 are craftsmen. Of these 30 took their discharge without awaiting the expiry of their notices and 11 have accepted alternative non-craft employment offered.

The number of craftsmen offered transfer to other yards was 36. They will be regarded as having been compulsorily transferred for the purpose of eligibility for allowances and other benefits. They are being transferred in their existing grades and will retain their present pay.

61. Miss Vickers

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, in view of the fact that no mention is made, for the first time since 1946, in the Defence White Paper, Command Paper No. 2270, of the employment prospects in the Royal Dockyards, if he will make a statement with special reference to Her Majesty's Dockyard, Devonport.

Mr. Hay

No. I would refer my hon. Friend to my statements to the Admiralty Industrial Council on 19th September, 1963, and 3rd January this year, the texts of which have been published.

It has been the exception rather than the rule for the annual Explanatory Statement on Navy Estimates to include general statements on employment prospects in the Royal Dockyards.

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