HC Deb 02 February 1948 vol 446 c1444
5. Captain Marsden

asked the Minister of Transport if he intends to renew the award of Yacht Master (Coastal) Certificate to those qualified.

Mr. Barnes

No, Sir. This Certificate was instituted at the request of the Admiralty to ensure the examination of officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Supplementary Reserve. The Admiralty have agreed it is no longer necessary for this purpose.

Captain Marsden

In view of the fact that this certificate is highly prized, and is a great incentive to yachtsmen to acquire a close knowledge of our coast, which is of great value in time of war, will the Minister disregard the Admiralty and reinstate it?

Mr. Barnes

There is no evidence that the certificate is in very great demand. I cannot very well overlook the advice of the Admiralty on a matter of this sort, because there is no other special reason why it should be continued.