§ 70. Mr. HORE-BELISHA
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of ratings who secured their discharge by purchase and who deserted from the Navy during the year 1906, respectively; and the corresponding number during the year 1926?
§ Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM
The figures for the calendar years are not available, those for the financial years are as follow:
1906–07. 1926–27. Discharged by purchase 1,070 197 Desertions 1,896 258
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman suggest that Communist propaganda has anything to do with any of these desertions at all at any time?