HC Deb 22 July 1953 vol 518 cc349-50
5. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it is possible for a National Service man, anxious to serve but reluctant to kill, to express preference for some non-offensive branch of the Service such as mine-sweeping or medical work; and what steps his Department take to meet such preference wherever possible.

Commander Noble

The numbers of National Service men entered into the Royal Navy each year are strictly limited. Most of them are already members of a voluntary Reserve, and have been trained in one branch of the Naval Service. Such cases as are referred to in the Question are therefore unlikely, but if they did arise would be dealt with on their merits.