HC Deb 03 May 1922 vol 153 cc1313-4

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the proposed reductions in the Navy, his Department are still recruiting boys and youths for Navy services, and if any reduction is proposed in the number of boys and youths now accepted annually for the Navy; and, if so, can he make any statement as to how it is proposed to reduce recruiting of boys and youths for naval services in the future?


Recruiting of boys and youths for the Navy is entirely suspended. The only exceptions are in the case of boys from Greenwich Hospital School, who join that establishment with the sole object of entry in the Navy. The number of ratings entered in the Navy in future will depend on requirements at the time, which are considered in connection with the Estimates for each year.