Gibraltar Dockyard (Wages).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 30th September 1931.

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Photo of Mr James Edmunds Mr James Edmunds , Cardiff East

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he has considered the communication sent to him from the Transport and General Workers' Union regarding the proposed reduction in wages of the locally entered workers at His Majesty's dockyard, Gibraltar; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

This question deals with the periodical review of rate of bonus in the light of the prevailing cost of living. A reply explaining the circumstances was sent to the union on the 28th instant.

Photo of Mr William Kelly Mr William Kelly , Rochdale

Can the right hon. Gentleman state when the cost of living basis of calculation came into operation for the workers at Gibraltar?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

No, Sir. Not without notice.

Photo of Mr William Kelly Mr William Kelly , Rochdale

Has the right hon. Gentleman any knowledge that it ever applied, and why it is now being applied to those workers at Gibraltar when it had never applied before?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

If the hon. Member wants further information, I shall be grateful if he will put a question down.