§ Mr. Holt
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the annual cost of renting the naval recruiting office in State House, Holborn; and how many recruits for the Royal Navy and associated forces have been obtained through this office.
§ Mr. Hay
The Careers Office at State House, Holborn, opened on 11th November, 1963. In its first six months the office has dealt with 2,890 inquiries and 168 Royal Naval rating and Royal Marine other rank recruits have been obtained through this office. In view of the interval between initial enquiry at the Careers Office and actual entry as a recruit this does not represent the full result of six months efforts but reflects enquiries in about the first three or four months only. The cost of renting the Careers Office is £12,750 per annum.