HC Deb 08 April 1957 vol 568 cc91-2W
65. Mr. Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for War how many hours per week of theoretical and practical tuition are given to young men who sign for short-period service as a cook; what standard of proficiency they reach at the end of their engagement; and what other longer periods of engagement and training are available.

Mr. J. Amery

Men spend on average 7½ hours a week on lectures and demonstrations, and 24 hours on practical work during their twelve weeks basic training.

They then normally qualify as Group "B" Class III tradesmen cooks. Those with previous experience of cooking may reach the higher standard of Group "B Class 11. After six months further experience in a unit cookhouse, Group "B" Class III cooks may be given three weeks refresher course, and tested for upgrading to Class II. This is the normal standard reached by National Service men and soldiers on short Regular engagements.