Royal Marine Police Force (Plasterer, Release)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st November 1944.

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Photo of Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks , Chichester 12:00 am, 1st November 1944

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why he will not temporarily release from the Royal Marine police force special reserve a fully qualified plasterer, whose Service particulars have been separately supplied, to assist in repairing bomb-damaged houses.

Mr. Alexander:

It is regretted that it is not possible to release men from the Royal Marine police special reserve for bomb damage repair work as that force is under strength.

Photo of Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks , Chichester

This man is fully qualified to undertake bomb damage repair work. In view of the appeal of the Minister of Labour, is the right hon. Gentleman's Department setting a very good example in this case?

Mr. Alexander:

This man was transferred to the Royal Marine police at his own request and he is still subject to go back to naval employment. In reply to the hon. and gallant Gentleman's last point, I have assisted the Minister of Labour with very large numbers of men from the Navy for the work mentioned.

Mr. Astor:

What is the number of naval personnel in uniform helping in this work in London?

Mr. Alexander:

Speaking from memory, I would say something over 2,000.