§ Mr. R. YOUNG
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is the intention of the Admiralty to transfer officers now serving as temporary service engineer-lieutenants to the permanent list of the naval engineering staff; and has the experience gained in the recent War shown that the vacancies on the engineering officers' staff might easily be filled by judicious selections from amongst engine-room artificers and those who have graduated from the class in question?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
It is not probable that the services of any of the temporary engineer officers will be retained for permanent service on the Active List of the Royal Navy, as it is anticipated that the number of engineer officers obtained through the regular Service channels will meet requirements. Promotion of engine-room artificers to mates (E) and to engineer-lieutenant is one of the regular sources of supply of engineer officers, and there is no intention of discontinuing it.