HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 cc98-9W
62. Mr. Low

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Admiralty will allow ratings who are working for matriculation to have three months' leave of absence prior to their examinations; and whether he will ensure that such ratings are not prevented from taking the examinations by being sent overseas.

Mr. Dugdale

Subject to prescribed conditions officers and men of the Royal Navy wishing to matriculate may take the examination while serving in ships and establishments at home or abroad. There is no question, therefore, of their being prevented from taking the examination by being sent overseas. Special leave cannot be granted for the purpose of studying for the examination. Facilities are available for study and education officers will give every assistance if candidates' intentions are made known to them.