HC Deb 22 July 1881 vol 263 cc1610-1

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether there is any intention to reduce the Dockyard establishment at Gibraltar?


In 1876 the entry of trade boys or apprentices taken from the spot to some of the principal trades was commenced with a view to their eventually taking the place of some of the highly-paid artificers sent out from the Home Yards. The period of agreement of the latter has now expired, and as the boys have completed their time and become men, arrangements have been made for the return home of those sent out from the Home Yards. This is being carried out in accordance with a Report recently received from the captain in charge at Gibraltar. The Reports from several officers are now before the Board; but, to the best of my knowledge, no Lord has had an opportunity of considering them, and the matter has made no official progress whatever.