§ 34. Sir ROBERT HAMILTON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty at what date the Regulation was introduced preventing the enrolment in the Royal Naval Reserve of men residing at a distance of more than 12 miles from the office of the local registrar at Lerwick; how many men it is estimated will be thereby prevented from enrolling in the Shetland Isles; and what would be the travelling and subsistence expenses of a man coming from 24 miles distance compared with that of a man coming from 12 miles?.
The answer to the first part of the question is 3rd December, 1923. As regards the second part, the fixing of a 12-mile radius actually extended the area of recruitment. The travelling and subsistence expenses referred to in the last part of the question are: (1) for men living on the Island of Mainland, 12 miles from Lerwick, single journey, 2s. 6d.; (2) for men living on the Island of Mainland or other islands, 24 miles distant from Lerwick, 6s. to 28s. single journey.
§ Sir R. HAMILTON
Does not the hon. and gallant Gentleman think it would be desirable to get these fine seamen into the Royal Naval Reserve by saving somewhat on the staff?