HC Deb 28 July 1903 vol 126 cc531-2
SIR THOMAS DEWAR (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he will state what progress has been made with the enrolment of the Royal Naval Volunteers under the Naval Forces Act; and how many men have been enrolled in London.

(Answered by Mr. Arnold-Forster.) The actual enrolment of Royal Naval Volun teers under the Naval Forces Act has not yet commenced. The Admiralty Volunteer Committee, the appointment of which was announced immediately on the Naval Forces Bill becoming law on the 30th June last, is at present actively engaged in completing the necessary arrangements for the establishment of volunteerdivisionas at the principal maritime centres, and an announcement will shortly be made as to the appointment of officers to the command of two of these divisions—viz., London and the Clyde. These officers will in duo course proceed with the work of enrolment, and it is hoped that the work of recruiting and drilling will soon be taken in hand at both centres.