§ Mr. BELLAIRS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many men deserted from the Navy in 1902 and 1908 respectively, from the men afloat and from the marines ashore respectively, and stating at the same time how many per thousand these represented of the numbers borne.
§ Mr. McKENNA
The number of desertions in 1902 was 1,882, or 21 per 1,000, among men serving afloat; and 285, or 35 per 1,000, among marines ashore. In 1908 the number of desertions was 1,660, or 16 per 1,000, among men serving afloat; and 43, or 6 per 1,000, among marines ashore.