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Near Threat of Closure 1922
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 10:44:27 »
Jan 1922

As part of the Report of the Geddes Committee on National Expenditure these points were raised and considered:

32. The question of the reduction of Rosyth or Chatham has been carefully considered. There are certain ships which cannot be docked in the Southern Yards, and must therefore go to Rosyth. A nucleus staff must consequently be retained there, and this being the case it is in the interests of economy that certain refitting work should also be undertaken at that yard. It has, however, been decided to reduce the dockyard considerably and it is contemplated that an annual saving of at least £250,000 can be ultimately effected. This saving includes not only the reduction of dockyard staff and workmen, but the abolition of " inconvenience money '' and expenditure on train services (estimated at £90,000) among other economies. In addition many new works items at present under consideration will become unnecessary.
33. The question of the reduction of Chatham Dockyard has also been considered, but under present conditions the small docks at that yard are necessary.
The loss of the storehouse accommodation at Chatham, moreover, would necessitate equivalent storage being built elsewhere. No considerable saving therefore is possible at present, though the scheme for making some part of the yard available for commercial purposes is now more practicable and is being re-examined

73. A special Committee is now sitting at the Admiralty to enquire into the reorganisation of the arrangements for policing Naval Establishments at home, and it is hoped to arrange : —
(i.) That the protection of the Naval Ordnance Depots, Magazines and Factories should in future be undertaken by a new force of Royal Marine Pensioners, thus reducing the cost by at least 50 per cent, per man employed.
(ii.) That a drastic reorganisation of the duties of the Police at the Dockyards should be effected on a model recommended for Chatham Dockyard, which might be applied, mutatis mutandis, to the other Naval Dockyards.
The proposed reduction at Chatham is obtained in the main by amalgamating the Police beats and closing' certain of the Dockyard gates at stated times.
(iii.) To substitute civilian Stokers and Engine Drivers for Metropolitan Police in the Water Police Boats.


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