§ Mr. CROOKS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will consider the advisability of allowing the service of boys in the Navy to count for pension, instead of dating the pensionable service from the age of eighteen years?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
As boys of the Royal Navy are under training their services cannot be regarded from an Admiralty point of view as so valuable as when rated ordinary seamen,i.e., generally at the age of eighteen. If, however, a boy is invalided for an attributable cause, his case is in no way prejudiced by the fact that his service does not count towards long service pension, as he is granted a disablement pension on the same scale as an ordinary seaman.