§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the percentages of leading rates, petty officers, and chief petty officers, respectively, of the seaman, signal, telegraphist and stoker branches, respectively?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The percentages on 15th November, 1926, were as follow:
— Leading Rates. Petty Officers. Chief Petty Officers. Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Seaman Branch (including S.S. men and natives but omitting boys under training). 11.2 11.8* 2.4 Signal Branch 30.0 12.8 5.4 Telegraphist Branch 27.6 11.4 4.6 Stoker Branch 15.7† 16.0 5.6 *Includes Petty Officers rated 'Acting Chief Petty Officers whilst employed as Admirals' Coxswain or Coxswain in certain classes of destroyers and submarines who relinquish the acting rating on ceasing such duty. †Includes Acting Leading Stokers.