§ Mr. BARNES
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what Christmas leave is given to chief and first-class petty officers serving on ships manned with nucleus crews, and does the leave given curtail the usual opportunities for night leave of those remaining?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The reply to the first part of the question is ten days to the whole crew by watches. As to the second part, in some cases it will, as sufficient men must be retained for the efficiency and safety of the ship.