§ MR. H. ALLEN
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether, considering that about six hundred additional workmen have been entered at Pembroke Dock during the last fourteen months, and that the proportion of established men there is now considerably below that of other dockyards, he will cause an increased proportion of men to be placed on the establishment in that yard?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
It is true that a large additional number of workmen have recently been entered at Pembroke, and that thus the proportion of non-established to established men is greater than it was when the establishment was fixed in 1876. The establishment numbers, however, are based upon what is considered the normal or usual strength of the Yard, and have no reference to temporary increases of hired men, and there is no intention to alter the establishment. I may add that normally Pembroke has a greater proportion of established men to hired than the other Yards.