§ Mr. BELLAIRS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he could state how many men are now on active service who have been enlisted as short service men; and whether, in view of the six years' experience of the system, the Board can see their way to reducing their number by substituting long service men again?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
By the latest information available the numbers of special service ratings borne were—
out of a total number in each class of—
Special service seamen 1,683 Special service stokers 6,190 7,873
There is no intention of altering the present arrangements.
Seamen 42,458 Stokers 32,604 75,062