HC Deb 18 December 1908 vol 198 cc2221-2
MR. PRETYMAN (Essex, Chelmsford)

To ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that there are a large number of skilled artisan Naval Volunteers out of work and in great distress, that application was made to the Admiralty for permission for them to train with the Navy, and that this was refused; and whether, as the War Office grant permission to the unemployed to perform military training and receive pay for the same, he will state on what grounds a similar privilege has been denied to the unemployed Naval Volunteers.

(Answered by Mr. McKenna.) Such an application was made to the Admiralty, but it was considered that there was no sufficient reason of naval requirement to justify the proposal, the winter months not being suitable for the embarkation of Naval Volunteers in the Fleet.