HC Deb 27 June 1854 vol 134 cc749-50

said, he wished to ask the right hon. Baronet the First Lord of the Admiralty, if it was his intention to bring forward any measure during the present Session, for the purpose of establishing more, efficient means for securing a reserve of seamen for manning the ships of Her Majesty's Navy than at present exist?


said, he could only state to the hon. and gallant Officer and to the House, that at this moment there were 44,000 seamen and boys afloat and on full pay; that 12,000 seamen and boys had entered the service within the last six months; and that they had succeeded in raising coast volunteers to a force approaching. 5,000. Under these circumstances, he was bound to say that he was not aware that any further measure at the present moment was necessary; but it was quite open to the Government to consider the very important question whether the coast guard, who were connected to some extent with the coast volunteers, might not be brought more immediately under the control of the Board of Admiralty, and thus secure the object the hon. and gallant Member had in view.