§ Mr. PARKER
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many men were promoted from the lower deck to become officers in the Navy in each of the last three years; and what percentage of the total new officers they were in each of these three years?
§ Sir S. HOARE
It is presumed that the hon. Member includes Warrant Officers in the expression "Officers of the Navy." The number of promotions to Warrant Rank from the lower deck in 1934, 1935 and 1936 (to date) was 98, 86 and 127 respectively. The number of promotions from the lower deck to Officer's rank other than to Warrant rank was 10, 7 and 9 for these years. Of the total entry into the Royal Navy as officers the lower deck promotions formed the following proportions:
per cent. 1934 29.25 1935 24.9 1936 26.9