HC Deb 09 July 1924 vol 175 cc2232-3
15. Sir B. FALLE

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will authorise vocational training during the last three months of service before pension for naval ratings who are specially recommended by their commanding officers or, if the number of ratings available will not permit of this, whether he will consider the payment of marriage allowance for three months after discharge to pensions for those ratings who are recommended for and undergo an approved course of vocational training?


I regret that the reply must be in the negative. The Admiralty orders on the subject are designed to employ the limited funds available to the best advantage of the men of the lower deck.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is no difficulty in the sister Service, where the men are given this privilege, and why should it not be done here?


I am not concerned with the other Service; what I have to do is to make the best use of the limited fund at my disposal.