§ MR. EDWARD MORTON (Devonport)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether the Admiralty find a difficulty in obtaining a sufficient number of naval shipwrights to join the Service; and, whether he is aware that no answer has yet been sent in reply to the petition of the shipwright apprentices, sent in on the last regular occasion for so doing, asking for better conditions on entering the Royal Navy!
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY
No difficulty is experienced in obtaining the requisite number of naval shipwrights for the Service. The Dockyards were informed last month that the Admiralty were unable to make any concessions beyond those specified, and this answer applied equally to the shipwright apprentices, whose petitions were included in those from the workmen of the yards.