§ Lord C. BERESFORD
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether boys trained in the school ship "Conway" and appointed probationary midshipmen of the Royal Naval Reserve will be allowed to be retained in the Navy on the recommendation of their commanding officers, looking to the fact that their present training will not qualify them for the Board of Trade examination?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Transfer of midshipmen Royal Naval Reserve to the Royal Navy is only allowed in exceptional cases, and no general undertaking can be given in the matter. The Noble Lord is under a misapprehension as to the counting of time, as all time served in the Royal Navy as midshipman Royal Naval Reserve counts towards the four years' sea service required for examination for second mate.