§ MR. WILLIAM ALLAN (Gateshead)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what was the total number of engineers, with their grades, the number of artificers, and the number of firemen, left in reserve at Devonport, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Chatham and Sheerness, after the late mobilisation of the Fleet?
§ MR. W. E, MACARTNEY
The numbers left in reserve after the late mobilisation were:—At Portsmouth: Inspector of machinery, 1; fleet, staff, and chief engineers, 42; engineers, 30; assistant engineers, 2; engine-room artificers, 295; stokers, 1,342. At Devonport the corresponding figures were:—Inspector of machinery, 1; fleet, staff and chief engineers, 30; engineers, 17; assistant engineer, 1; engine-room artificers, 101; stokers, 1,008. And at Chatham and Sheerness:—Inspector of machinery, 1; fleet, staff and chief engineers, 20; engineers, 26; assistant engineers, 3; engineroom artificers, 157; stokers, 868. In addition to the above, 33 assistant engineers were distributed among the mobilised ships as additional for training.