§ 41. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY (for Mr. HORE-BELISHA)
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the housing shortage in Devon-port, he has now considered if it would be possible to make use of the St. Budeaux Camp for alleviating the housing congestion in the town, seeing that the structural alteration of this camp could be carried out for this purpose?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Davidson)
Further examination has now shown that the cost of converting the temporary buildings at St. Budeaux Camp for such a purpose would be prohibitive, and I regret, therefore, that, even if they were not required for naval purposes, the Admiralty are not prepared to recommend such a scheme.
§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
Will the hon. Gentleman now explain what good purpose is served by keeping seamen in this camp on shore for training purposes?
It is for the same reason which I gave earlier in answer to a supplementary question, namely, that they receive some of their training on shore.