§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement as to the extent to which naval history is taught at Dartmouth; and if he will take steps to ensure that young officers are adequately instructed as to the traditions of the Royal Navy.
§ Mr. Freeman
The naval history course at Britannia Royal naval college, Dartmouth, is taught during the first term of naval general training. The term is 14 weeks in length and the course is made up of 14 lectures, followed by a written examination.344W
Proposals currently under consideration would increase the amount of time available for the teaching of naval history, and allow a more strategic and thematic approach to be adopted.
Training will continue to include instruction in the values and traditions of the Royal Navy. They are, and will continue to be, an essential part of the training of young officers at Dartmouth.