§ MR. PENN (Lewisham)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if he could state to the House how many engineer officers have been added in the current year; how many of these officers passed through Keyham College, and how many were obtained from outside; and how many engineer officers it is proposed to add in the year 1897–98?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. W. E. MACARTNEY,) Antrim, S.
Forty engineer officers have been added to the list in the current year. Of the 63 entries which resulted in this addition, 31 passed through Keyham, and 32 came from outside, the latter comprising 14 probationary assistant engineers and 18 assistant engineers for temporary service. It is proposed to add 30 engineer officers in 1897–98, and provision will also be made for the promotion of some engine-room artificers to warrant rank.