Mr William Bridgeman: The present age limit rule was carefully considered when marriage allowance was instituted. It has been reviewed on many occasions since, and I am not prepared to recommend any alteration.
Mr William Bridgeman: I should have to look up the report of the Committee, but I will endeavour to do so.
Mr William Bridgeman: Yes, the age is 25 in the Navy.
Mr William Bridgeman: I regret that I am not yet in a position to announce any decision with regard to a pension or superannuation fund for captains and officers of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. The matter is one of considerable difficulty, involving considerations of some complexity, but it is anticipated that a satisfactory solution will soon be reached. The rates of pay in this Service are in accordance...
Mr William Bridgeman: I have said I hope a satisfactory decision will soon be reached. So I do.
Mr William Bridgeman: I regret that there has been this delay, and I hope a satisfactory arrangement will be come to.
Mr William Bridgeman: In 1914 the total number of cruisers was British 112, United States 35, whilst to-day the position is British 51, United States 32. Included in the latter figures are seven postwar 10,000-ton cruisers of the British Empire. No 10,000-ton cruisers have been completed by the United States of America. In addition there are building six of this type for the British Empire and eight for the United...
Mr William Bridgeman: No Sir, not all of them. I presume the hon. Member is referring to the Royal Dockyards. Some of these warships are being built there, and some in other yards in this country.
Mr William Bridgeman: The respective coastlines, including Dependencies and Mandatory areas, are estimated to be, in statute miles, as follow:
Mr William Bridgeman: I do not know to what the hon. and gallant Member is referring. I never said whether there was any use in it or not; I merely answered the question which my hon. and gallant Friend nut to me.
Mr William Bridgeman: The "Enchantress" has not been used for any sea voyage during the last 12 months, as she is not at present in all respects in a state of readiness for sea. Individual members of the Board of Admiralty have been to sea in His Majesty's Ships during the same period on several occasions, but I have no exact record of the number.
Mr William Bridgeman: It was thought that she might be useful at same future time. She is not being used now solely for reasons of economy.
Mr William Bridgeman: The following vessels were presented to Canada in 1919£1920: Cruiser£"Aurora."Destroyers£"Patriot," "Patrician."Submarines£"H.14," "H.15" (re-named "C.H.14" and "C.H.15"). Of these, the cruiser and submarines have been scrapped. The two destroyers are on the Disposal List, and in anticipation of the building by Canada of two modern destroyers, they have been temporarily replaced by the...
Mr William Bridgeman: The money we receive comes into the Appropriation-in-Aid of the Navy.
Mr William Bridgeman: The Regulations for the Naval service do not provide for continuous employment being available for officers, and officers are always liable to be placed on unemployed or half pay when appointments are not, available for them. At the present time, owing to the smaller number of suitable shore appointments available for senior commanders, chiefly due to the loss of the coastguard appointments,...
Mr William Bridgeman: I shall be very glad to give it if the hon. Member puts down a question.
Mr William Bridgeman: The number of commanders placed on the retired list during this period, before reaching the age of 50, was 17, of whom 16 retired voluntarily and one was retired for non-service.
Mr William Bridgeman: Opinions may vary on the point. The matter is under consideration.
Mr William Bridgeman: The numbers on 15th November, the latest date on which information is available, were as follow: — Borne. Holding full-pay appointments. Captains … 246 219 Commauders … 421 387 The figures for captains exclude Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duke of York. Officers on full-pay sick or ordinary leave and on passage, with regard to whom separate figures are not...
Mr William Bridgeman: Under Article 21 of the Washington Treaty, a conference must be convened in 1931 to consider any changes necessary to meet technical and scientific developments. In the meantime, the construction of capital ships is governed by the provisions of this Treaty. The views of His Majesty's Government as to the desirability of reducing the size and power of capital ships by international agreement...