Portsmouth Dockyard (Civilian Contractors)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 16th November 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the extent and cost of work on Royal Navy ships and equipment in Portsmouth Dockyard at present being undertaken by civilian contractors.

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

A wide variety of jobs worth about £34,000 for which the dockyard has no resources or no spare labour.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Would my hon. Friend agree that certain resources of labour within the dockyard are not at present being fully utilised and that to bring in contract labour appears to contradict the Government's policy on productivity and serves to have an adverse effect on the morale of the regular labour force in the dockyard, since contract labour is often paid higher rates than the local labour force?

Photo of Mr Joseph Mallalieu Mr Joseph Mallalieu , Huddersfield East

We try to do as much work as possible with dockyard labour. However, when the dockyard labour force is fully employed or when there is some specialist job that cannot be done by that force, outside labour is employed.