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Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in the light of the fact that the 10 per cent. reduction in training will not affect basic training, training associated with fighting efficiency and safety at sea, in which directions the saving will be effected.

The 10 per cent. reduction in the manpower committed to naval shore training affects in various degrees advancement training, career training and the special training given to a man before he joins a particular ship, other than that concerned with operational efficiency. Of the total reduction, about 25 per cent. will be accounted for by cuts in the numbers being trained, and most of the balance from cuts in the number of teaching and administrative personnel at training establishments.