§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the pay and allowances of a Chinese laundryman in the Royal Navy; and what is the chain of command for laundries in the service.
§ Mr. Stanley
Hong Kong Chinese providing laundry and other services in Her Majesty's ships do not receive pay and allowances from public funds. Commanding officers make contracts for these services with approved Chinese contractors and nominate officers to supervise the Chinese laundrymen whilst on board their ships. Payment is made by members of the ships' companies who use the service at an agreed tariff. Captain-in-Charge Hong Kong has overall responsibility for these contract services.