§ Mr. Liddall
asked the Minister of Shipping whether he is aware of the hardship being caused to young officers in the merchant navy and fishing fleet, in that, 1435W unlike officers of the Royal Navy, they receive no Government grant in respect of uniform and equipment; and, in view of the importance of these services, will he take steps to provide such a grant?
§ Sir J. Gilmour
No cases of hardship have been brought to my notice. Officers in the merchant navy and fishing fleet are engaged and paid by the shipowner employing them, and while I fully recognise the importance of these services, the question of the supply of uniform and equipment is one for settlement between the officer and the shipowner concerned.