§ MR. FENWICK (Northumberland, Wansbeck)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, whether any arrangement has been made to enable engine-room artificers to obtain warrant rank before they have reached the age of 35 1102 years; if so, can he now state the terms of the arrangement.
§ * MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
Yes, Sir. Engine-room artificers will in the future be eligible for the warrant rank of artificer engineer after 8 years confirmed service instead of 10, and the minimum limit of age at which they may obtain the rank has been reduced from 35 to 29 years.