HC Deb 05 March 1952 vol 497 cc53-4W
60. Commander Pursey

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the total number of naval personnel, active service and reserves, respectively, in July, 1914, August, 1939 and today.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

The numbers required are as follow:

Active service (including reservists recalled) Available Reserves (excluding those on active service)
15th July, 1914 146,000 64,000
1st July, 1939 129,000 65,000
1st January, 1952 147,000 73,000

The July, 1939, figures have been given as more readily available than those for August of that year.

In July, 1939, some 2,000 reservists had been mobilised. In January, 1952, over 5,500 reservists were on active service. The current reserves figure does not take into account the naval equivalent of the Z Reserve apart from those who have volunteered for the Emergency Reserves.