To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that the recent promotion of officers of the rank of engineer commander in His Majesty's Navy has not given satisfaction, a case having recently happened in which an officer has been superseded by one seven years his junior; and, in considering the promotion of two officers of equally meritorious service, will care be taken that due consideration is given to the claims of the officer who has had the longer service.
( Answered by Mr. Lambert.) The Answer to the first part of the hon. Member's Question is in the negative. As regards the second part, it has hitherto been and will continue to be the rule, in considering the promotion of officers with equally meritorious service, to give due weight to seniority.