Reserve Officers (Bounty)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th March 1951.

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Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea 12:00 am, 7th March 1951

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what bounty will be paid to officers of the Emergency List, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and the Royal Naval Volunteer (Supplementary) Reserve, who are now being called up for 18 months' service.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

This matter is under consideration.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

Could the Minister say when a decision will be reached?

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Bristol North West

In view of the fact that the numbers required are not very large, is it not desirable that the Royal Naval Volunteers should, in fact, be volunteers in this matter? Would it not be better if an inducement were given to that end so that the hon. Gentleman would get the numbers he requires without the necessity of an actual call-up?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

The principle is still to be determined, and the other Services, particularly the R.A.F., are concerned in this matter.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

Would the Minister give an assurance that if, in fact, a bounty is granted, those who volunteer before its announcement will get it?

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

I have not said anything which would lead the hon. and gallant Gentleman to believe that a bounty will be granted.