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Seamen's Training Facilities (Colour Bar)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 15 October 1945

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asked the Minister of War Transport if he will remove the colour bar which prevents the sons of British seamen, resident in this country, from entering Greenwich Merchant Navy Training School.

I assume my hon. Friend refers to the Gravesend Sea School, which is temporarily at Sharpness, Gloucestershire. This School trains only boys for the Deck and Catering Departments of the Merchant Service. There is no actual bar against the training of boys of colour, but training must be related to opportunities for employment in ships, and the fact is that very few opportunities occur in this country for employing coloured deck and catering ratings. When an opportunity arose for the employment of coloured men as firemen, arrangements were made for their admission to the firemen's schools.

Time.Trains.Total on berths train.Berths held by Rly. Co. for the public
9.25Paddington to Neyland (Sat. only)612612
12.55Paddington to Swansea (SX)61228
9.50Paddington to Penzance104
11.40Paddington to Plymouth104
12.15Paddington to Newquay and Penzance (SX)3424
11.45Paddington to Truro (Sat. only)3424
7.30King s Cross to Aberdeen (SX)24561644
7.30King s Cross to Aberdeen (Sat. only)1228416
10.10King s Cross to Edinburgh (SX)3456436
10.10King s Cross to Edinburgh (Sat. only)2456436
9.15St. Pancras to Edinburgh 612612
8.40Euston to Glasgow72563031
9.15Euston to Glasgow (Sun. X)78844470
9.15Euston to Glasgow (Sat. only) 56842070
9.23Euston to Glasgow14281428
9.20Euston to Glasgow (Sun. only)78844470
9.30St. Pancras to Glasgow28281324
11.0Birmingham to Glasgow 614614
12.45Liverpool to Glasgow614614
7.20Euston to Inverness (SX)28282022
7.30Euston to Perth14281124
11.15King's Cross to Newcastle (SX)1228414
11.15King's Cross to Newcastle (Sat. only)1228814
10.10King's Cross to Newcastle (SX)102
4.50Euston to Stranraer (SX)1428622
4.55Euston to Stranraer (SX)614614
10.55Euston to Preston (Sat. and Sun X)147