§ 10. Sir P. Agnew
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty the present strength of officers and ratings in the Royal Navy; and how this compares with the average during the ten years 1925 to 1935.
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
There are at present 102,394 officers, ratings and other ranks in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The average over the period 1925–1935 was 95,850.
I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a summary of the Vote "A" figures from 1925 to 1935.
§ Sir P. Agnew
Do the figures that the Civil Lord has just given mean that, compared with pre-war days, there is an even better chance of a satisfactory career and promotion for both ratings and officers in the Royal Navy?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
I think it does mean that. The modern Navy offers a more varied career and, incidentally, the rewards—the pay and allowances—are very much better, in real terms, than before the war.
§ Following is the information:
|Vote "A" Figures|