HC Deb 05 May 1924 vol 173 cc54-5W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if orders have been issued for civilian employés in the naval signal school at Portsmouth to conform to the naval custom of standing to attention on such occasions as hoisting colours, changing guards, and when the alert is sounded; what disciplinary action is to follow inattention to this order; and what steps are to be taken to ensure that all civilians employed in this naval establishment are acquainted with the bugle calls?


I am aware that, a notice has recently been issued in the naval establishment in question that all persons, whether naval or civilian, are expected, when in the precincts, to conform to naval custom in the manner stated in the question. There is no question of disciplinary action against civilians who may disregard this intimation of what is considered to be required by good manners in a naval establishment. The civilian employés have for the most part previously served in the Navy or another branch of the Forces.