Rosyth Dockyard.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1922.

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Mr. WALLACE:

17.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether a decision has yet been reached regarding the transfer of a portion of the established men at Rosyth to southern dockyards?

Photo of Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell , Evesham

It has been decided that in cases where established men are redundant at Rosyth, those under 50 years of age are to be given the option of re-transfer to southern yards or discharge with any allowances for which they may be eligible under the Superannuation Acts; those over 50 years of age who are redundant will be discharged—also with superannuation allowances. It is already certain that a number of established men will be redundant, but that number depends upon questions not yet settled.

Photo of Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke , Plymouth, Devonport

Does this mean that the established men at Rosyth are coming to Devonport, although the number of the establishment there is going to be reduced?

Photo of Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell , Evesham

It might mean that in the end.

Mr. WALLACE:

13.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many men have been discharged from Rosyth naval base since 1st February; and how many dismissals have taken place at Chatham, Portsmouth, and Devonport during the same period?

Photo of Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell , Evesham

1,043 workmen have been discharged from Rosyth Dockyard since 1st February. The numbers discharged during the same period at Chatham, Portsmouth, and Devonport are, respectively, 148, 369, 250; the rate of discharge at these three yards will be considerably increased as from the 18th instant. These figures relate only to Vote 8.

Mr. WALLACE:

Is the present rate of discharges at Rosyth, which has been going on since 18th February, to be continued, and is the same rate of discharges being observed at Devonport and other yards?

Photo of Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell , Evesham

All the discharges are to be continued, until we get down to the proper number.

Mr. WALLACE:

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the very serious conditions arising at Rosyth on account of these discharges and the number of evictions that are taking place, and will he not take into, account the idea of proceeding at a slower rate?

NUMBER OF OFFICERS SERVICE IN SHORE APPOINTMENTS OR UNDERGOING COURSES.
RANKOn 18th March, 1914.On 18th February, 1922.
Shore Appointments.Courses.*Shore Appointments.Courses.
Admirals-of-the-Fleet01
Admirals77
vice-Admirals515
Rear-Admirals18417
Commodores54
Captains781411436
*These figures include:—(a) One Admiral and two Captains on Naval Inter-Allied Commission of Control for Germany. (b) The Director of Royal Indian Marine, who is a Rear-Admiral and acts as Rear-Admiral, Bombay.