§ VISCOUNT CASTLEREAGH
On behalf of the noble Lord the Member for the Thirsk Division of Yorkshire I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty how many officers of the executive branch of sub-lieutenant's rank and above are now serving in the Navy, and how many of them are in fully-manned sea-going warships.
§ MR. MCKENNA
There are 2,949 officers of the executive branch of subleutenant's rank and above, now serving in His Majesty's Navy. Of these, 1,245 are serving in fully-manned sea-going warships. But the noble Lord will permit me to explain that the form of expression he has chosen in his Question deprives these figures of any particular value, as will be seen when I add that it necessitates the exclusion of all fully-manned torpedo boats, torpedo boat destroyers, and submarine depot ships, surveying ships, cadet training ships, Royal and other yachts, ships attached to the gunnery and navigation schools and to Osborne College, repair ships, besides all depot ships and ships of the Home Fleet, &c., that are not in full commission.