"ark Royal" (Survivors).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether all the survivors of the "Ark Royal" have been returned to this country for rekitting?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

No, Sir. Local requirements which could not otherwise be met necessitated the retention on the ship's station of a proportion of the survivors. These were mainly officers and ratings of the Fleet Air Arm.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Is that proportion a small one, and as quite a large number of these survivors have been returned to this country for rekitting, and thereby enabled to meet friends and relations, will my hon. Friend do his best to see that the others are returned as soon as possible?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

I understand that the number is relatively small. Whether these survivors will return to the United Kingdom in the near future will depend upon operation requirements. They are, of course, refitted at their station.

Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

Is it in order for an hon. Member to invent English verbs?