HC Deb 21 December 1966 vol 738 cc322-3W
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.

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.