HC Deb 06 April 1922 vol 152 c2445W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in the interests of economy, arrangements can be made whereby the necessary training for stokers and petty officers may be carried out in the fleets, and steps taken to abolish the training establishments at Chatham?


I am not clear as to the particular establishments to which the hon. Member refers. It is already the practice to carry out all necessary instruction for naval ratings in sea-going ships in so far as this can be done efficiently, but it is obviously necessary for new entries to receive preliminary training before going to sea and provision must be made for such training.