§ 79. Sir J. Langford-Holt
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what type of aircraft-carrying ships will be required by the Royal Navy in 10 years' time.
§ Mr. Healey
The future requirements of the Royal Navy are still being studied; but I foresee the increasing use of helicopters, especially for the anti-submarine rôle, in a wide range of ships.
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many men have joined and left the Royal Navy during each of the last five years; and how many of these are known to have left the fishing industry for the Royal Navy.323W
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
The numbers—R.N. ratings and R.M. other ranks only—are as follows:
Recruited Discharged 1962 7,325 7,275 1963 8,250 6,152 1964 7,964 6,430 1965 7,656 8,123 1966 7,463 8,150
We have no readily accessible information as to the previous occupation of recruits.