HC Deb 01 February 1965 vol 705 cc198-9W
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, 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.

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