HC Deb 03 May 1944 vol 399 cc1308-9
27. Mr. Lipson

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what steps are taken to ensure that units of the Sea Cadet Corps have qualified instructors who have had naval experience.

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Captain Pilkington)

Every endeavour is made to secure for all units of the Sea Cadet Corps experienced instructors thoroughly qualified to give training in all subjects in the syllabus which include discipline, fitness and citizenship as well as seamanship and other technical subjects. Naturally, during the war, considerable difficulty must be expected in obtaining all the instructors we desire, but I am glad to say that the great majority of Sea Cadet units have some officers or instructors who have had practical sea experience.

Mr. Lipson

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman satisfied that all retired naval officers who are available are used in this way?

Captain Pilkington

I think so, but if my hon. Friend has any case in mind, perhaps he will let me know.

Sir R. Glyn

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that the Navy League are unable this year to supply any tentage for the use of cadets at their annual camps? Could the Admiralty assist in any way?

Captain Pilkington

I will look into that, but, as my hon. Friend knows, there is an extreme shortage of this sort of material at the present time.

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