HC Deb 19 April 1928 vol 216 cc364-5
55. Mr. R. YOUNG

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will give in detail the numbers of each rank and rating of engineering personnel in 1928; and whether the number of engineer commanders, engineer lieutenants, and commissioned engineers will be fully maintained, or whether the number of these officers is reduced by 5, 17 and 17, respectively, as a result of retirements during 1928?


The combined lists of engineer commanders and commanders (E), and those of engineer lieutenants and lieutenants (E) will be maintained at the number necessary to meet the requirements of the Service. Promotion to the rank of commissioned engineer is obtained on the completion of 10 years' service as warrant engineer, and is, therefore, dependent upon that. With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT particulars of the numbers of the engineering personnel.

Following are the particulars:

The numbers of engineer officers and ratings on the Active List on the 1st April, 1928, were as follow:

Engineer Vice-Admiral 1
Engineer Rear-Admiral 10
Engineer Captain 48
Engineer Commander 197
Commander (E) 33
Engineer Lieut.-Commander 98
Lieut.-Commander (E) 40
Engineer Lieutenant 64
Lieutenant (E) 179
Sub-Lieutenant (E) 44
Mate (E) 10
Midshipman (E) 126
Commissioned Engineer 190
Warrant Engineer 268
Commissioned Mechanician 16
Warrant Mechanician 9
Chief Engine Room Artificer 781
Engine Room Artificer 2,440
Engine Room Artificer Apprentice 565
Chief Mechanician 61
Mechanician 246
Chief Stoker 837
Stoker Petty Officer 3,099
Leading Stoker 3,162
Stoker, First Class 11,333
Stoker, Second Class 1,322
Total 25,179