HC Deb 23 June 1948 vol 452 cc1346-7
37. Commander Pursey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the total number of Sea Cadet Units; the total strength in officers and ratings; the total annual cost; the number of units, strength and cost of those run by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Navy League and otherwise, respectively; and the amount of money paid to the Navy League for Sea Cadet Units during the financial year 1947–48.

Mr. Dugdale

As the answer to this Question contains a number of figures, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

There are at present 431 Sea Cadet Units, the total strength of which, based on the latest information available, is 2,111 officers and 29,108 cadets. The provision for grants for the current financial year as shown under Vote 7 of the Navy Estimates is £78,000.

Of the 431 units, 406 comprising 30,120 officers and cadets, are open units and 25, comprising 1,099 officers and cadets are closed units. The closed units are administered direct by the Admiralty, but League and administered by the Sea Cadet the open units are affiliated to the Navy Council on behalf of the Admiralty and the Navy League. Payments for these units are not made through the Navy League, but through the Sea Cadet Council, or direct to the unit. Payments made to the Sea Cadet Council in 1947–48 amounted approximately to £46,000.

There are also 11 cadet units run by various Royal Naval and Royal Marine establishments with an approximate total strength of 1,020 cadets. These are not regarded as part of the Sea Cadet Corps. Their annual direct cost to Navy Votes in 1947–48 was approximately £45.

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