Voluntary Recruitment

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 March 1945.

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Mr. Bellenģer:

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has any plans ready for recruitment for the Navy on a voluntary basis; and whether he is satisfied that he can obtain sufficient numbers of officers and ratings by this method.

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

The conditions under which men are invited to volunteer for the Navy are being reviewed; in the meantime the pre-war arrangements remain in force. The answer to the second part of the Question is "Yes, Sir."

Mr. Bellenģer:

Can my right hon. Friend say whether that review includes pay and allowances and other matters of that nature affecting long-term engagements in the Navy?

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

Naturally the Admiralty, in reviewing the matter, would take all relevant considerations into account.

Commander AÄ£new:

Is it the case that men are already coming forward willing to sign for a 12 years' engagement?

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I would like to have notice of that question.