Dockyards (Discharges).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 28th March 1928.

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Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what change has recently been made in the power of the local dockyard authorities at Devon-port to discharge employés without informing the Admiralty; and whether the Admiralty is no longer consulted in advance when discharges take place?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

An order was issued by the Admiralty in December last directing that, when as many as two percent of the workmen employed in any, Department are proposed to be discharged, a special report is to be made to the Admiralty before the issue of notices, but if the discharges affect less than two per cent. of the workmen no special report need be made.

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

Could the right hon. Gentleman say how many discharges have taken place under this new procedure?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

No. If the hon. Member wishes it I can find out, but I cannot say off-hand.

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of men discharged from each of His Majesty's dockyards and Admiralty establishments, respectively, during the last three months; and what further discharges are in prospect?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I am obtaining these particulars and will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

Would the right hon. Gentleman answer the last part of the question—what further discharges are in prospect? Does he know?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

It is rather difficult to give a definite answer. I will try to ascertain the information for the hon. Member. It is not very easy to say, as so much depends on the work that comes in.

The particulars are as follow:

The numbers of workmen discharged on reduction from the several dockyards, etc., at home since 3lst December, 1927, up to the end of last week are as follows:

Portsmouth Dockyard145
Devonport Dockyard255
Chatham Dockyard80
Sheerness Dockyard34
Holton Heath Cordite Factory (Works Department temporary entrants)59
West India Docks Depot4
Rosyth Dockyard17
Pembroke Dockyard (Works Department temporary entrants)90

The further discharges definitely in prospect are:

From Portsmouth Dockyard (Works Department)108
From Devonport Dockyard (mainly from Works Department)42
From Chatham Dockyard10
From Sheerness Dockyard70
From Woolwich Naval Armament Depot (temporary entrants)44