§ 49. Sir J. Maitland
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to recruit highly-trained technical officers and ratings for the Royal Navy, 199W and to ensure that there is a sufficiency of this type of officer and rating available as reserves in any emergency.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Most of our technical officers and ratings come to us from school, and we then give them a full technical training. Some technical officers come in as graduate mechanical and electrical engineers. We want to attract more graduates, and we have started a University Cadetship Scheme. To get more technical ratings, we are stepping up our apprentice entry. All these measures help to build up trained reserves.