HC Deb 02 July 1919 vol 117 cc961-2
54. Colonel ASHLEY

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that disappointment is felt owing to the delay which has taken place in submitting to the country a practical national scheme for the sea training of British boys for the merchant service; whether certain proposals have been prepared by the Admiralty following upon the findings of the Admiralty Committee on Mercantile Marine; whether the question is also being considered by the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Shipping; and whether, in view of the importance of providing ade- quately for the manning of British ships by British men and boys, he will invite the Departments concerned to present a concrete scheme to Parliament at the earliest moment?


A Committee was appointed by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Education, which included representatives of the Admiralty, the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Shipping. The Report has not yet been received, but it is hoped that it will be at an early date.