§ Mr. GIBBINS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of lower ratings who were invalided from the naval forces during the year 1924–25; and the amount of compensation paid in these cases?
Approximately 1,200 men were invalided from the Royal Navy during the period from the 1st April, 2283W 1924, to the 28th February, 1925. Of these 294 qualified for pensions at an average rate of £37 per annum, 850 qualified for gratuities only, at the average rate of £10. The remainder had lees than a year's service and were ineligible for the grant of compensation.