HC Deb 17 October 1945 vol 414 cc1159-60
43. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can now inform the House of his Ministry's proposals as to the size and conditions of service, etc., of the post-war Navy.

Mr. Alexander

These matters are under active consideration but I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Brown

Can the right hon. Gentleman give a general indicationas to when he thinks he will be able to make this announcement?

Mr. Alexander

Obviously such a matter is connected with high policy for all the Services. I really could not make a definite promise.

Mr. C. S. Taylor

Is it not about time that the State, which should be a model employer, should announce what are to be the conditions of service in all three Services?

Mr. Alexander

The conditions of service must depend to a very large extent upon what Parliament finally votes as being the post-war strength.