§ MR. BEAUCHAMP (Suffolk, Lowestoft)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it is intended that an additional lieutenant shall be appointed to ships carrying midshipmen, to instruct them in seamanship, and to supervise their training, as indicated in Statement of Admiralty Policy, November, 1905, or whether this intention has been abandoned since it has been decided to appoint naval instructors to ships carrying the new scheme midshipmen.
§ MR. MCKENNA
The instructions for the training of junior officers under the new system, as recently promulgated in Circular Letter No. 51 of the 1st May, 1908, provide for the performance of the duties which it was contemplated in 1905 would require the appointment of an additional lieutenant to the ships in which the midshipmen are borne. As naval instructors are available for appointment to these ships, it is not proposed to appoint an additional lieutenant unless experience shall show it to be necessary.