§ Mr. TYSON WILSON
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state the rates of pay, privileges, etc., of viewers employed inspecting articles made in the Royal Dockyard, Woolwich; whether viewers in charge of departments or subsections receive any extra pay or privileges; how many principal viewers and assistant principal viewers there are; whether, if a viewer is receiving annual leave, he forfeits the same when he receives a rise of pay or when he reaches his maximum rate; how long a man is employed as a viewer before he is placed upon the establishment or receives a rise of pay; and whether seniority counts in favour of promotion?
§ Mr. HALDANE
The viewers in the department of the Chief Inspector of General Stores in the Dockyard receive from 33s. to 45s. a week. Their privileges are set forth in the rules and regulations of the department, as I have already informed the hon. Member. Principal viewers in charge of sub-sections are on a scale of 9s. to 12s. a day and are ranked as foremen for pension and for other purposes. The number of principal viewers is fourteen. There are no assistant principal viewers. A viewer does not forfeit leave when he receives a rise in pay or reaches his maximum. His first rise in pay occurs normally after a year's service. Viewers, except when ranking as foremen, are not placed on any pensionable establishment, but a viewer may be placed on the regularly-employed list after three months' service or more according to circumstances. Seniority is one of the factors in selecting viewers for promotion.