(by Private Notice) asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that a notice has just been posted intimating that only established men and some ex-soldiers are to be retained at Rosyth Naval Base; whether he is aware of the serious position which will immediately arise in consequence, and why this notice has been posted in view of the fact that only a few days ago it was officially stated that the question was still under consideration?
I have ascertained that the following notice has been issued by the Admiral Superintendent at Rosyth:
I wish to impress upon all concerned the unfortunate fact that when the present reductions have taken effect there will practically only be employment in this Dockyard for the established men and a number of disabled ex-Service men. It is therefore advisable for all other men to look for jobs elsewhere, and I strongly urge any hired man, who can obtain work outside the dockyards, to accept it forthwith.
This action taken by the Admiral Superintendent to place the situation before the
men in their own interests does not preclude consideration being given by the Admiralty to the possibility of making arrangements to modify the situation as depicted; but I am not in a position to give any positive assurances in this matter.
My hon. Friend will understand that this is a question of great complexity. You cannot apply the necessary measures of economy without inflicting hardships, but we are doing and will continue to do everything in our power to alleviate the blow that will fall on many people.