§ Commander Purseyasked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state the number of acres and value of land and buildings at the Royal Navy Petty Officers' School, at Corsham, Wiltshire, the total annual cost of maintenance of buildings and grounds and of training, respectively, the number of officers and their salaries and emoluments, the number of training staff and annual cost, the annual number of petty officers under training and the period, the annual cost of training per petty officer and the total annual cost of the school.

326Wcost, the number of officers and other ranks under training at each establishment and the annual cost per head, the annual cost of each establishment, and the total Navy Estimates annual cost for the Royal Marines.

§ Mr. J. P. W. MallalieuThe information requested is given in tabular form:

§ Mr. J. P. W. MallalieuThe Royal Navy Petty Officers School at Corsham covers an area of 30 acres. The present day value of the land and buildings (mainly huts) is assessed at £108,000. The annual maintenance cost for buildings and grounds is of the order of £18,000.

The annual cost of training (excluding building maintenance) is £145,000.

The number of officers employed in the establishment is 12 and their salaries and emoluments amount to £30,000 per year.

9 Officers and 14 ratings constitute the training staff, costing £24,000 and £21,000 per annum respectively.

327WThe annual training programme is as follows:

- 940 students on courses lasting 6 weeks.
- 430 students on courses lasting 1 week.
- 240 students on miscellaneous courses varying in length from 2 days to 2 weeks.
As no course lasts longer than six weeks a calculation of the annual cost of training per petty officer would produce a meaningless figure. The actual cost per student week is £24 10s. 0d.

The total annual cost of the school is £180,000.

H.M.S. SEA EAGLE (including the Joint Anti-Submarine School).

Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard, Belfast.

Royal Naval Armament Depot, Antrim (including sub-depots at Crossgar and Kilnappy).

R.N. Fuel Depot, Lisahally.

Details of numbers and costs are:—

Establishment Officers Ratings Civilians Annual cost of Establishment No. £ No. £ No. £ £ SEA EAGLE … 65 160,000 380 360,000 228 185,000 880,000 R.N.A.R.Y., Belfast … 9 18,500 — — 1,071 840,000 990,000 R.N.A.D., Antrim … — — — — 370 280,000 400,000 R.N.F.D., Lisahally … — — — — 14 12,000 14,000 The total Navy Estimates annual cost of establishments in Northern Ireland is assessed at £2,100,000.