asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many men enrolled for educational and vocational training under the E.V.T. scheme; how many were eligible for enrolment; and how many schoolmasters, R.N., H.O., will be released in Class A by 3ist December, 1945; and whether, in view of the need of teachers at home, steps will be taken to secure the earlier release of such men.
it is not possible to state the actual numbers enrolled or receiving instruction under the E.V.T. scheme, but the scheme is open to the whole of the Navy and to the W.R.N.S. and I can assure the hon. Member that a very large proportion are taking advantage of the facilities it affords. The need for the return of schoolmasters to teaching is fully appreciated but E.V.T. has placed a heavy burden of responsibility on the Naval educational service and whilst all possible steps are being taken to assist in this work, my right hon. Friend cannot undertake to accelerate the release of schoolmasters though he hopes to release 11 by 31st December.