HC Deb 29 March 1950 vol 473 c50W
Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the small and rapidly decreasing fleet of sailing vessels now lying in some of our ports is likely to be broken up shortly; and if he will consider acquiring them for use as training ships for the Merchant Service.

Mr. Barnes

Experience in the Merchant Navy over many years has shown that training of the kind referred to by my hon. Friend is not a necessary preliminary to service in merchant ships. Training is in any case a matter for the industry.