HC Deb 16 March 1903 vol 119 cc864-5

There is a third and very important part of the Bill which, I believe, will be acceptable to most Members of the House. It gives to the Navy the advantages of that great principle of volunteering which has stood the country in such good stead in the great land war in recent years. I am not one of those who believe that the decision to do away with the old Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers was an unwise one. I believe that the evidence as^ to the constitution of the corps made it obligatory on the Admiralty to recommend its dissolution. But I have always been of the opinion, an opinion which is now the recognised view of the Admiralty, that there is scope for sea-faring, sea-loving Englishman to put their services at the disposal of their country in time of war, not less satisfactorily than the Volunteers on land have already done.