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Merchant Navy Officers (Training)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 13 May 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he can make any statement on the steps that are being taken to train men and boys to qualify as deck and engine-room officers of the Mercantile Marine; and what steps are taken to bring this procedure to the notice of local education authorities through the Board of Education?

Men and boys are trained for the officer ranks of the Merchant Navy in schools conducted by local education authorities, in schools directly recognised by the Board of Education, and in a few private schools. The Merchant Navy Training Board drew up a scheme of training for apprentices, has fostered correspondence courses, and conducts annual tests. Local education authorities are informed of these facilities by pamphlets prepared by the Ministry of Labour and by a leaflet prepared by my Ministry. I am sending copies of these documents to my hon. Friend.