§ MR. BELLAIRS (Lynn Regis)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty what were the average and minimum ages of the officers promoted from lieutenant to commander in the last batch of promotions; and on what calculation does he base the estimate that the rank of commander will be reached at about thirty-seven years of age under the new system of providing officers for the Navy.
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. EDMUND ROBERTSON,) Dundee
The average and minimum ages were thirty-two years four months and thirty years respectively. With regard to the last part of the Question—which, I understand, refers to a statement made by me in the course of the debate on Navy Vote 5—what I had intended to say was that the rank of commander would be reached at from thirty-two to thirty-seven. The rank of lieutenant 764 will be reached at about twenty-two-and-a-half, and it is estimated that from ten to fourteen years or thereabouts will elapse before a lieutenant becomes commander.