HC Deb 11 February 1971 vol 811 cc765-6
7. Sir B. Rhys Williams

asked the Minister of State for Defence if it is intended to maintain the active seagoing rôle of the Admiralty Ferry Crew Association; and if he will make a statement as to the future organisation of the Association.

Mr. Kirk

The active section of the Admiralty Ferry Crew Association became List III of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service in 1963. Its future is currently under consideration.

Sir B. Rhys Williams

Will my hon. Friend consider the danger that if the sea-going rôle of the association is ended there is likely to be a considerable loss of good will and of experienced membership of the association?

Mr. Kirk

That is one of the factors we are bearing in mind in the review. We are anxious to use these volunteers in the most effective means for the support of the Fleet.