§ 2. Mr. HOHLER
asked the right hon. Gentleman whether his attention has been called to the fact that from March, 1905, to June, 1912, six clerks serving in the Royal Marine establishment in London have been promoted to the warrant rank of superintending clerk, and that during the like period only one has been promoted from the several divisions and depots; and whether he will consider if some step can be taken to ensure a larger share of promotion to those serving in divisions and depots?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Dr. Macnamara)
The numbers are as stated, except that there were two promotions at the divisions during the period mentioned. The non-commissioned officers required for the General Staff, Royal Marines, at the Admiralty are selected from among the most capable and efficient non-commissioned officers of the several divisions of the corps, and their claims for advancement to warrant rank are carefully considered in common with others when vacancies occur, either in London or at the Royal 1159 Marine Divisions. On promotion to warrant rank they are usually retransferred to the divisions or to the Royal Marine Depot at Deal, as required.