§ SIR JOHN COLOMB (Great Yarmouth)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, before taking Supply on Navy Estimates, he will furnish for the information of Members, a memorandum respecting the Officers of Royal Marine Artillery, stating the nature of examinations for candidates for commissions; the subsequent courses of study, instruction, training, and examination of these officers from the date of passing the entrance examination to the completion of their training at headquarters, Eastney; the time occupied in each such course of education and training, and the subjects in which they have to qualify at the examinations during and at the end of each such course of education and training; and further stating the nature of artillery, or gunnery, and torpedo duties assigned by Admiralty regulations, or by custom, to each rank of Officer of Royal Marine Artillery when serving afloat and with Naval forces on shore respectively?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
I cannot undertake to complete the elaborate Memorandum suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend before taking the Estimates. Much of the information he asks for is quite accessible to him and to the public, but I will examine to what extent I can meet his wishes.