HC Deb 12 July 1939 vol 349 c2229
39. Mr. Day

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty particulars of what arrangements have now been made for the purpose of recruiting desirable recruits from Newfoundland for His Majesty's Navy; and the number of applications that have been received and accepted for the 12 months ended the last convenient date?

Mr. Shakespeare

From time to time the Commander-in-Chief on the station arranges for one of His Majesty's ships to call at Newfoundland so that facilities for entry may be given to the men who have applied for entry into the Royal Navy. The question of extending these facilities is under consideration. During the 12 months ended 30th June, some 85 applications have been received. Exact information of the numbers entered is not immediately available, but the number is about 25. I will inform the hon. Member of the exact figure as soon as this information is obtained.

Mr. Day

The hon. Gentleman says that these calls take place from time to time. Can he say how often?

Mr. Shakespeare

I should think about three or four times a year.