HC Deb 20 November 1956 vol 560 c1537
32. Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for War how many officers and how many other ranks, respectively, have purchased their discharges in each of the last five years, to the latest convenient date.

Mr. John Hare

Officers are not eligible to purchase their discharge. The numbers of other ranks for each of the years 1952 to 1955 are 397, 735, 1,811 and 1,574 respectively. That for the first nine months of 1956 is 854.