HC Deb 27 July 1955 vol 544 c1177
46. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the present strength of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in Dundee.

Commander Noble

Fifty-nine officers and three hundred and sixty ratings.

Mr. Thomson

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that one way of supplementing the potential strength of the R.N.V.R. in Dundee would be to encourage the ownership of small craft, many of which are ex-naval craft, and that the present owners of small craft in Dundee are being deprived of any adequate, satisfactory harbour facilities? Will he do what he can to assist in this matter.

Commander Noble

As on previous occasions, it is likely that the Royal Navy would have use for small craft in an emergency, and we certainly hope that the owners will keep them going. I am aware of the point which the hon. Member has raised, and I hope very much that the owners will be able to find other billets.