§ CAPTAIN DONELAN (Cork, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty will he explain why boys who propose to join the Navy from industrial schools are entered on a form which denotes that they are suffering from some disability; and whether, in view of the advantage of encouraging boys carefully trained in these schools to enter the Navy, steps will be taken to place such lads upon an equal footing with other candidates?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. W. E. MACARTNEY,) Antrim, S.
Boys entering the Navy from 698 industrial schools execute the same form of engagement as all other boys, and after entry are on precisely the same footing. There is no form of the character alluded to in the first paragraph of the Question.