asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he can make a further statement about recruitment and training of the Royal Naval Minewatching Service.
§ Mr. J. P. L. Thomas
Applications now amount to 25 per cent. of the peacetime requirement. A nucleus of trained minewatching officers and chief minewatchers has been built up and, with this nucleus of instructors, local training of minewatchers has been started at centres in different parts of the country.