HC Deb 01 May 1899 vol 70 c965
MR. FENWICK (Northumberland, Wansbeck)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty will he explain why armourers and blacksmiths are not eligible in accordance with the Queen's Regulations to become engine-room artificers; and whether a blacksmith serving in the Royal Navy, and borne on the books of one of Her Majesty's ships at Devonport, has recently been examined with a view to his being appointed as an acting engine-room artificer; if so, will he state what was the result of the examination?


Engine-room artificers must be competent workmen of the following trades:—Engine-fitters, copper smiths, boilermakers, and, in a few cases, engine smiths. Preference is given to engine-fitters who are also turners. Armourers and blacksmiths are therefore ineligible as they do not possess the necessary trade qualifications. A blacksmith serving in the "Colossus" was however, as an exceptional case, permitted to present himself for examination as engine smith (one of the qualified trades) with a view to entry as engine-room artificer, but failed to pass the examination.