HC Deb 29 June 1899 vol 73 cc971-2

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War to state the names of the Naval bases and coaling stations at which officers of other arms of the service, previously in command, have been superseded in that command by conferring upon the officers of Royal Engineers, junior to them, local rank, on the ground that important building works necessitating heavy expenditure of public money are under consideration, and that the senior officer should therefore belong to the Royal Engineers; and, further, state to what arms of the service the officers thus superseded in command at each place respectively belonged.


There is no case other than that at Esquimalt. The reasons for the action then taken were explained in my answer of the 12th May to the hon. Member for Kincardineshire.