asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what is the present number of unestablished employés in His Majesty's naval establishments who have 10 years or more continuous service to their credit; and whether he will now consider making arrangements for such employés to be placed on the established list provided that their services have been satisfactory?
The number of hired workpeople in the various Admiralty establishments at home with 10 years' continuous service or more is 19,456. In addition there are 302 non-industrial employés of similar service who are not established, and 93 persons belonging to grades normally established who have been ineligible for establishment for medical reasons or because they are over the age limit. Since the present established complement of industrial employés has been gradually reduced, and was on 1st January last 9,704, it would be out of the question to make such a large addition to it.
At present only one vacancy in every four occurring in the established list in the Royal Dockyards and other Admiralty industrial establishments at home is being filled, but the relaxation of this rule is under consideration. The question will shortly be discussed on the Admiralty Industrial Council.