HC Deb 23 March 1891 vol 351 cc1663-4
SIR G. BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has under consideration any arrangements for making local provision for courses of annual drill for men of the Royal Naval Reserve serving on Royal Naval Reserve vessels which are placed on distant stations and do not come to ports in the united Kingdom; and whether such facilities could be afforded at Hong Kong and Esquimalt for men serving on Pacific Mail Steamers earning the Admiralty subvention?


Provision has been made for drilling Royal Naval Reserve men abroad, serving in vessels subsidised by the Admiralty, and this will include arrangements at Hong Kong for men serving in steamers running between that port and Esquimalt which earn the Admiralty subvention.


I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Committee appointed to report upon the Royal Naval Reserve and the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers is specially instructed to collect the opinions of both officers and men who have the experience of actual service in either Force?


No special instruction of the kind suggested by my hon. Friend seems necessary, as the Committee have power to take evidence, and they would naturally take the opinions of those who have the most practical experience on the subjects upon which they are directed to Report?