HC Deb 26 July 1939 vol 350 cc1441-3
27. Mr. Leslie

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many men in the Navy were promoted to the rank of warrant officers last year, and how many to commissioned ranks during the same period; and in each case what was the percentage of candidates for promotion who were promoted?

Mr. Shakespeare

During 1938, 200 promotions were made to warrant and 150 promotions from warrant rank to commissioned rank. Twenty-four direct promotions to acting sub-lieutenant and acting sub-lieutenant (E) were made. Full details concerning the candidates for direct promotion are contained in the answers given to the hon. Members for Romford (Mr. Parker) and Newton (Sir R. Young) on 16th November, 1938, and 6th July, 1938, respectively. Promotion to warrant rank or commissioned rank from warrant rank requires a recommendation.

Mr. Leslie

Is that what the Minister calls the democratisation of the Navy, since such a very small percentage of experienced men has been promoted?

Mr. Speaker

rose —

Mr. Leslie

On a point of Order. Was there anything wrong with my supplementary question?

Mr. Speaker

I stopped the hon. Member because he was asking the Minister to give an expression of opinion.

35. Mr. Alexander

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the schools attended before joining the Navy of the 24 successful candidates and the 17 rejected candidates, respectively, of theseamen ratings who have this year undergone the nine-months course of training for commissioned rank and recently appeared before the Final Selection Board?

Mr. Shakespeare

As the answer involves a list of some length, I will, with the right hon. Gentleman's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the list:

The 24 successful candidates attended the following schools before joining the Royal Navy:

Chatham Junior Technical School 2
Royal Hospital School, Holbrook 2
Park Street Elementary School, Brighton 1
Creighton School, Carlisle 1
George Watson's College, Edinburgh 1
Thomas Riches, Gloucester 1
Training Ship "Warspite" 1
Training Ship "Arethusa" 1
Westcliff High School 1
Price's Secondary School, Fareham 1
Training Ship "Mercury" 1
Brighton Grammar School 1
Watts Naval Training School 1
Lewis Grammar School, Glamorgan 1
Richmond County School 1
Bronspick Avenue Elementary School, Hull 1
Kimbolton Grammar School, Huntingdonshire 1
Hamilton Crescent Secondary School, Glasgow 1
St. Boniface, Beaconsfield, Plymouth 1
Wivenhoe Elementary School, Essex 1
Mathematical School, Rochester 1
Christs Hospital School 1

The 17 unsuccessful candidates for pro-Motion to commissioned rank attended he following schools:

Royal Hospital School, Holbrook 4
Newhay Council School, Rochdale 1
Training Ship "Warspite" 1
Toxteth Practical School 1
Kings College, Mangere, New Zealand 1
Folkestone Grammar School 1
Esplanade House Private School, Southsea 1
Halesworth Central School, Suffolk 1
Looe Elementary School, Cornwall 1
Paradise Road Secondary School, Plymouth 1
Lancastrian Elementary School, Shrews- Bury 1
Hamilton Crescent Secondary School, Glasgow 1
Logie Elementary School, Angus, Scotland 1
Bridgend Practical School, Glamorganshire 1
36. Mr. Alexander

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of selections made of executive and engineer warrant officers, respectively, for the rank of lieutenant and lieutenant (E) under the new scheme announced four months ago; their ages on selection; branch of warrant rank; seniority as such; and whether from ship or shore appointment and home or foreign service, respectively?

Mr. Shakespeare

The selection of these officers has not yet been completed, as it has necessitated obtaining reports from Commanders-in-Chief on the various stations throughout the world.