§ Sir R. Gower
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many women have volunteered up to date for the Women's Royal Naval Service; how many have been accepted; what numbers can be trained annually at each of the three principal dockyard ports; and whether training facilities will also be provided in the London area?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
In response to the appeal in the National Service Handbook, approximately 20,000 inquiries have been received. Enrolment has not yet started but will commence shortly. The numbers to be trained initially will be about 1,500 spread over the three home ports and Rosyth, the majority being enrolled and trained at Portsmouth and Plymouth. For the present, training facilities will not be provided in the London area.