HC Deb 29 March 1909 vol 3 c14
Mr. HUGH BARRIE (on behalf of Mr. Lonsdale)

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when the First Sea Lord's period of office expires; and whether it is intended to extend the term of his appointment?


also asked the Prime Minister for what period and under what terms are the Sea Lords of the Admiralty appointed, and in whom is the right of appointment vested; and is there any age-limit, as is the case of high commands afloat?


I propose to answer this question and No. 53, addressed to the Prime Minister, at once, as the reply to the latter includes the reply to the present question. The Sea Lords are members of the Board of Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Admiral. The whole Board is appointed together by patent under the Great Seal. Certain salaries are assigned to the Sea Lords by Order in Council, but there is no term or age limit to the appointment, which can only be terminated by the Crown issuing a new patent.