HC Deb 17 February 1939 vol 343 c2063W
Mr. Parker

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will state the number of Royal Naval Reserve officers from the mercantile marine transferred to the permanent executive branch of the Navy in the years 1937 and 1938, and the total; whether any more executive officers are to be entered from this source this year; and the number of these officers who received their early training in the training ship "Mercury"?

Mr. Shakespeare

For the number of officers transferred from the Royal Naval Reserve to the Executive Branch of the Royal Navy in 1937, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on the 21st July last.

The number in 1938 was 120.

The question of further transfers from this source is now receiving consideration in conjunction with other possible sources of recruitment. I regret that the information asked for in the last part of the question is not available in Admiralty records.