HC Deb 16 March 1882 vol 267 c1005

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, If he can explain the reason why an application from Plymouth, made in September last, for a Naval Artillery Volunteer Corps to be enrolled, has only now received a reply, refusing enrolment, while a similar application from Swansea, made some time afterwards, has been granted; and, whether, in future, it is intended to discourage the formation of such auxiliary forces, after the example applied to Plymouth?


The Admiralty, while fully appreciating the patriotic offers of service which they have received, have not felt justified in sanctioning the enrolment of a corps of Naval Artillery Volunteers at Plymouth. They do not consider that a force of that nature will be required at a Naval port where a considerable reserve of Marines and Naval Pensioners already exists. The number of Naval Volunteers enrolled at Bristol being comparatively few, it was thought a contingent from the neighbouring port of Swansea would be useful; and the recent visit of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales afforded a good opportunity for raising a battery.