Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy (Pay).

– in the House of Commons am ar 6 Hydref 1931.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

22 and 23.

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty (1) if he will snake a statement as to the recent unrest in His Majesty's Navy, and what is the present position;

(2) whether it is his intention to set up a committee of inquiry into the recent events in His Majesty's Navy with a view to the avoidance of similar outbreaks in future, the redress of grievances, if any, and the restoration of public confidence?

Photo of Mr Austen Chamberlain Mr Austen Chamberlain , Birmingham West

It is not the intention to set up any further committee of inquiry. The representations made with regard to pay and pensions at the inquiries at the Home Ports and the representations made by the Commander-in-Chief at foreign stations have been the subject of careful consideration, and the Fleet Orders announcing the decisions arrived at as a result of those representations were published on Saturday last, and have no doubt been read by my hon. and gallant Friend. The ships of the Atlantic Fleet which have remained at the Home Ports in order to facilitate the holding of these inquiries will reassemble at an early date and continue their exercises. As I stated in this House on the 30th September (OFFICIAL REPORT, Column 340), the Board of Admiralty are carefully considering whether any, and if so what, changes are necessary in the methods at present open to men of the Royal Navy for making representations as to their service conditions.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is there any evidence of outside subversive influences in regard to these outbreaks, and does my right hon. Friend realise that the great majority of the Navy remained loyal, and that unless discipline is enforced and mutiny and weakness is punished, you only discourage that loyalty?

Mr. SPEAKER:

The House debated this question the other day.

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Lincoln

Is that not a gross reflection on men who were defending their wives and children?

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

On a point of Order. Did I understand you to say, Mr. Speaker, that my question in regard to outside subversive influences was not in order?

Mr. SPEAKER:

All that I said was that we had debated all this the other day, and I did not think we needed another one to-day.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

It was only a question, not a Debate, Sir.