HC Deb 29 June 1927 vol 208 c412W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that on entering the service candidates are required to produce their birth certificate and that this birth certificate is retained by the Admiralty; and whether he will authorise the return of all birth certificates after the necessary information has been obtained and registered?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

The statement in the first part of the question is correct, but the birth certificate is always returned if the candidate asks for it.