22. Captain HALL
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will consider utilising the turret drill-ship His Majesty's Ship "Terror," at Portsmouth, for training lower-deck candidates for commissions, in a manner similar to the training given special entry cadets in His Majesty's Ship "Erebus," at Devonport?
There is ample accommodation in existing establishments for training all officers at presentrequired. No justification can be seen for incurring additional expenditure in the manner proposed.
As it is anticipated increasing the number who are promoted from the lower-deck, would it not be a good thing if this ship were used for this purpose?
I think that if you promote a large number from the lower-deck, you will not increase the number of officer vacancies. The point is that the present accommodation for training officers is sufficient.