HC Deb 11 July 1962 vol 662 cc136-7W
77. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty to what extent naval personnel are employed in non-naval vessels; and on what basis they are employed.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

Under a standing arrangement with the Shipping Federation a few R.N. officers serve for short periods, in a supernumerary capacity, in merchant ships in order to obtain experience of day-to-day work in the Merchant Navy. In addition, since 1948, an officer appointed to the Royal Yacht has acted part-time as Sailing Master of "Bluebottle" and will now act in a similar capacity in "Bloodhound". Two ratings, also appointed to the Royal Yacht, are at present assisting in the maintenance and running of this vessel.