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?
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.
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 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:
|Holton Heath Cordite Factory (Works Department temporary entrants)||59|
|West India Docks Depot||4|
|Pembroke Dockyard (Works Department temporary entrants)||90|