§ 14. Mr. Atkins
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what are the re-engagement figures for ratings during the first three months of this year; and how these figures compare with the corresponding period of last year.
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
Sixty-four per cent. of R.N. ratings who completed 12 years' service in January-March, 1959, re-engaged to complete time for pension, compared with 57 per cent. in January-March, 1958.
§ Mr. Atkins
Those are very encouraging figures. Can my hon. Friend tell me when they were last bettered, and whether the figures for all branches are as satisfactory?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
This is the best figure that we have had since 1936. It has shown a steady improvement over the 1334 years. The improvement is spread over most of the branches. It is true that there are just one or two rather weak branches to which we are having to attend.