§ 11. Mr. ROSE
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that commanding officers in some cases have refused to release pivotal men on the technical ground that their pivotal papers have been received in the parent ship and no official notification having been for warded to them they have no proof that the men have been claimed as pivotal; and whether he will issue instructions that where the papers relate to men under a separate though subordinate command a notification that they have been received shall be sent by the commanding officer concerned?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
I am assured that no cases such as those referred to in the first part of my hon. Friend's question have been brought to the notice of the Admiralty. As regards the last part of the question, I am advised that my hon. Friend's suggestion is not considered necessary, as the normal inter-communication between parent ship and tender should suffice in regard to men serving in the latter but borne on the books of the former.