HC Deb 10 May 1961 vol 640 cc422-3
21. Sir J. Maitland

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what plans are being made this summer for Navy Days and Naval Air Days.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

Two or three Navy Days will be held at each of the naval ports at Portsmouth, Devonport, Rosyth and Portland. One Air Day will be held at each of the seven air stations. I will circulate details in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir J. Maitland

Can my hon. Friend say whether the attendance figures in recent years indicate that these events are maintaining their popularity?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Yes, Sir, I can. More than a quarter of a million people attended the open Navy Days and Air Days last year and the figure is increasing rather than decreasing. This is an excellent way of bringing the Navy into the eyes of the public, not just potential recruits, but parents, women and children who visit our ships. These are certainly a popular form of outing for many families.

Mr. Kershaw

Will my hon. Friend bring to the attention of his hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for War, who is sitting beside him, the possibility of having Army Days as well as Navy Days in future?

Following are the details:

Navy Days will be held during 1961 as follows:

Air Days will be held as follows: