HC Deb 04 July 1956 vol 555 c1301
1. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will introduce a world-wide form of engagement for Maltese ratings in addition to the existing local engagement.

The Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. George Ward)

My noble Friend has under consideration a scheme whereby Maltese young men may be entered in Malta, as Maltese boys are now, for a long-service engagement. This would involve the same obligations and advantages as an engagement entered into in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Callaghan

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that he will have my support—and that is worth a lot—in any such move? Further, may I ask him whether this means that the Maltese ratings will get the same rates of pay if they enter on the same engagement?

Mr. Ward

Yes, it does.