My Lords, I beg to ask His Majesty's Government the Question standing in my name on the Paper, namely, whether the Board of Trade have as yet been notified by the Admiralty that they do not propose to introduce into the Royal Navy the Pyrotechnic Morse Code which was recommended by the Admiralty Signalling Committee; and whether, in view of this decision of the Admiralty, the Board of Trade propose to eliminate this code from the Board of Trade examinations and from the British Signal Manual.
§ THE EARL OF GRANARD
My Lords, I beg to inform the noble Lord, in reply to his Question, that it is not proposed to continue the Pyrotechnic Morse Code in the Navy. The Navy have found it of no use, and it has consequently been eliminated from their course. The British Signal Manual will be amended accordingly, and the Board of Trade do not intend to impose this form of signalling as a qualification for masters' and mates' certificates.