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Maltese Ratings

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty why Maltese serving in the R.N. are not allowed to become members of guns' crews.

It would not in general be economical to train in the more specialised gunnery duties men who are serving on non-continuous engagements for service only in locally employed craft in which there are no such duties to perform. In the case of ships with large power-worked gun mountings, however, it is common practice to use Maltese ratings as part of the guns crews in the turret magazines and shell rooms.

As the Maltese proved themselves to be expert gunners in the Army, is it not time that the Navy removed this restriction?