§ 7. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the desire on the part of the shipwrights in the Royal Navy that all shipwrights in the same ship should mess together; and whether, seeing that boy artificers on joining the fleet are allowed to mess with the engine-room artificers, he will consider the advisability of making such arrangements as will allow of naval shipwright apprentices on joining the Navy being placed in the Shipwrights' mess?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
No representations have been received on the subject. The 391 arrangements for messing of the ship's company are at the discretion of the commanding officer subject to the rules laid down in Article 838, King's Regulations Addenda. In most ships the numbers of shipwrights are not sufficient to form a separate mess, and it is not proposed to alter the present rules.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Are we to understand that the Government do not intend to alter the rule on the ground that there are not sufficient shipwrights?