HC Deb 31 July 1911 vol 29 cc18-9

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if orders have been recently issued, by circular or otherwise, to officers in command of His Majesty's ships that for the present no wireless telegraphists are to be allowed to leave His Majesty's service by purchasing their discharges in the ordinary way?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. McKenna)

The discharge by purchase of telegraphist ratings is not prohibited altogether, but orders are in force that all applications for such discharge shall be carefully scrutinised and allowed only in really urgent cases. With the growing requirements of wireless telegraphy in the fleet, it is desirable that the expansion of this new branch of the naval service shall not be checked more than is necessary.