HC Deb 19 June 1961 vol 642 cc94-5W
Captain Kerby

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty how many men made application during 1960 to purchase their discharge from the Royal Navy; and how many of them were permitted to do so.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

1,896 men, out of about 83,000 United Kingdom ratings, applied for ordinary, non-compassionate discharge by purchase and 844 of them were allowed to go. In addition 321 men were given compassionate discharges by purchase during the same period.