§ 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?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
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:
|Chief Engine Room Artificer||781|
|Engine Room Artificer||2,440|
|Engine Room Artificer Apprentice||565|
|Stoker Petty Officer||3,099|
|Stoker, First Class||11,333|
|Stoker, Second Class||1,322|