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Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1922.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many admirals-of-the-fleet, admirals, vice - admirals,' rear -admirals, commodores, and captains, respectively, were employed on shore, including service in the Admiralty, in March, 1914; and if he will state the corresponding figures for March of this year?

Photo of Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell , Evesham

As the reply is in tabular form, I propose, with the hon. and gallant Member's permission, to circulate it in the OPFICIAI, REPORT. I may add that the figures for March, 1922, are not yet available. The figures for 18th February, 1922, the latest available date, have therefore been given.

The following is the reply:

Photo of Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell , Evesham

As regards the first part of the question, the following remain for sale by the Admiralty:

"Strath" type trawlers8
"Castle" type trawlers61
"Mersey" type trawlers34
Steel drifters11
Wood33
As regards the second part, 23 trawlers and 45 drifters are, for the time being, retained for naval service, but it is in contemplation to reduce this number. I may add that the sale of these trawlers and drifters is progressing satisfactorily considering the present market conditions.

Photo of Sir Cyril Entwistle Sir Cyril Entwistle , Kingston upon Hull South West

Have not announcements been made by the Government from time to time that certain ships were not for sale, and, in breach of these announcements, have not these ships been put up for sale, to the considerable disadvantage of trade, and involving considerable cost and damage?