§ MR. STEADMAN
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what has been the number of candidates who have offered themselves for examination under the new scheme of training naval shipwrights from boy shipwrights in Her Majesty's Dockyards; what are the reasons for adopting the present scheme; and how many shipwright ratings, not carpenters' crews, have left the Navy during the last five years, how many have entered, and what deficiencies there are at the present time?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. W. E. MACARTNEY,) Antrim, S.
No examination has yet been held. The scheme has been adopted for the purpose of training men who will fulfil the requirements of the Service. 320 Eighty-nine shipwrights have left the Service during the last five years, and 169 have entered. There are at present 60 short borne.