§ SIR E. GOURLEY
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty can ha state the number of Royal naval seamen who during the past ten years have, at the expiration of their first period of service, engaged themselves for a second term; also the number who left the service, and did not renew their engagement for a second term of years; will he also state the number of them that joined the Naval Reserve; and, if he is unable to give this information in answer to a Question, will he grant a Return on the subject?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY
The honourable Gentleman has probably overlooked the Return which I gave last year to a Motion of the honourable Member for Devonport, which gave up to date the information then available in the Department. It is undesirable to repeat Returns giving similar information in a different form, and I shall be glad to present a similar Return later on, when fresh data has been collected, to include the number of seamen who join the Royal Naval Reserve on discharge from the Royal Navy. Possibly I can give it in a better form, but the information shall be given.