§ MR. KEARLEY (Devonport)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether ho is aware that 60 warrant officers are borne for performance of the duties of Lieutenants and Sub-Lieutenants in Her Majesty's ships; and whether the Admiralty will entertain the proposal submitted last year to grant Honorary Commissions to Warrant Officers specially selected for these duties?
THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Sir U. KAY-SHUTTLE-WOBTH,) Lancashire, Clitheroe
It is the case that some 45 Warrant Officers are at present appointed to ships in lieu of Sub-Lieutenants, but not of Lieutenants. 835 Their employment in this capacity is of a temporary nature, and will be no longer necessary when the Sub-Lieutenants' list rises in numbers. The officers appointed for these duties are not specially selected, and it is not proposed to give them Honorary Commissions.