HC Deb 12 May 1908 vol 188 cc910-1

On behalf of the hon. Member for the Thirsk Division of Yorkshire, I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty how many men are there in the active service of the Navy; how many of these are in fully-manned seagoing warships; how many in nucleus crews; and whether it may be assumed that the whole of the remainder are in shore and training establishments?


The number of men in the active service of the Navy at the present time is approximately 127,463; of these 69,104 are serving in fully-manned sea-going warships, and 16,659 are in nucleus crew ships. There are 11,650 awaiting draft, on leave, &c. The remainder are under training and in home establishments, except 3,750 in the coastguard.

*CAPTAIN FABER (Hampshire, Andover)

Is it the practice for officers and crews to be transferred at very short notice from one ship to another for the sake of practising manœuvres?


I do not think it is the general practice, but I will inquire.