HC Deb 13 May 1914 vol 62 cc1084-5

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that engineer lieutenants promoted from chief and artificer engineers are qualified to sit for the examination for the senior list, as in the case of other engineer lieutenants, and to wear the senior ring after eight years' service; whether there are now engineer lieutenants promoted from the chief artificer engineers so qualified; and will he at once take steps to secure to them the enjoyment of this privilege?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Churchill)

In addition to having eight years' seniority as engineer lieutenant and passing the necessary examination, the regulations lay down that, in order to qualify an officer for the senior list, he must have served for not less than three years as watchkeeper on board a sea-going ship in commission and must possess an educational certificate. None of the engineer lieutenants promoted from chief artificer engineer now on the list have the necessary qualifications.