HC Deb 19 December 1962 vol 669 cc189-90W
Mr. Dugdale

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty how many ratings left the Royal Navy before their term of service had expired during the last two years.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

The figure for all causes of premature ending of contractual engagement for the two years from October, 1960 to September, 1962, is 5,339. This figure, which represents wastage of about 3½ per cent. per year, includes 1,238 discharge by purchase.