HC Deb 09 May 1956 vol 552 c1188
7. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many recruits have signed on since the introduction of the nine-year engagement; and what were the figures for the comparable periods in 1954 and 1955.

Mr. Ward

As the Answer contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The House will be glad to know, however, that the figures for the last five weeks show a considerable improvement over the corresponding periods last year and the year before.

Following is the Answer

The figures, which cover the period 20th February to the 5th May and the corresponding periods in 1954 and 1955, are as follows:

1954 1,601
1955 1,335
1956 1,416

The figures for the last five weeks of the period are:

1954 603
1955 578
1956 831