§ 17. Sir T. BRAMSDON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether a new branch, to be called the Supply Branch, is about to be created in the Royal Navy; if so, whether, in view of the rapidity of promotion consequent on the formation of a new branch, any ratings with a knowledge of account keeping and store keeping from other classes will be permitted to 1875 transfer to the number required; and whether, in the event of it being necessary to create a number of warrant officers to officer the new branch, the Admiralty will select them from chief petty officers with a knowledge of account keeping and store keeping from all branches, provided they have passed both educationally and professionally for warrant rank?
§ Mr. AMERY
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The whole question is being investigated by a Committee, and until the Committee reports I am not in a position to furnish information as to details.
§ Sir T. BRAMSDON
Will the hon. Gentleman inform me when the Committee have reported?
§ Lieut.-Colonel NALL
Will the hon. Gentleman see that if any men be required for this branch, preference shall be given to those who have been discharged before the Committee has reported?