§ Sir T. Moore
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the categories of ships on which the serving men do not enjoy the privilege of buying cigarettes duty free?
§ Sir J. Simon
His Majesty's sea-going ships in commission of the following categories areentitled to receive mess and canteen stores duty free:
- (1) Home Fleet.
- (2) Ships belonging to foreign stations when in home waters.
- (3) Fishery protection and minesweeping flotillas.
- (4) Fleet Air Arm.
- (5) Irish flotilla.
- (6) Surveying ships with full complements.
- (7) Vessels on detached duty.
- (8) Trooping vessels, while engaged on this duty.
- (9) Vessels of the Reserve Fleet at standard notice; also—
- (a) Ships of the Vice-Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet, at Portsmouth, and of the Senior Officer, Reserve Fleet, at Plymouth, and the Nore, whether at standard or extended notice; and
- (b) any ship of the Reserve Fleet, whether at standard or extended notice, while being used as a living ship exclusively for the crews of ships at standard notice.
- (10) Tenders to harbour ships and shore establishments, if regularly seagoing.
- (11) Submarines and submarine depot ships, if regularly sea-going, attached to a home port.
- (12) Ships undergoing refit while remaining in full commission.
- (13) Ships commissioned for sea trials after refit.
- (14) Surveying ships with winter complements.
- (15) Anti-submarine flotilla.
- (16) Sea-going ships, not in reserve, with special complements.
Ships of the following categories are not entitled to receive mess and canteeen stores duty free:
- (i) New construction vessels (whether contract or dockyard built) commissioned for trials, i.e. before full commissioning for service.
- (ii) Ships on harbour service, including tenders not regularly sea-going.
- (iii) Hulks.
- (iv) Ships paid off for refit or large repair.
- (v) Ships of the Maintenance Reserve and at extended notice (with the exceptions shown in category (9) above).
- (vi) All other ships not included in categories 1–16 above.