HC Deb 08 March 1951 vol 485 c89W
Mr. Heath

asked the Minister of Education what higher education, or other grants, are available for men wishing to train as merchant marine radio officers; and how many grants have been made by his Department for this purpose over each of the last five years.

Mr. Tomlinson

During the last few years my Department has made grants to ex-Service men under the Further Education and Training Scheme for courses in radio engineering and, as a permanent arrangement, local education authorities have power to make similar grants. I cannot say how many grants have been or are being given for these courses which are, in any case, not restricted to persons intending to enter the Merchant Navy.