§ Mr. Burden
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers and men in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines were serving in ships afloat in October, 1964; and what were the comparable figures at 30th April, 1968.
§ Mr. Foley
The number of Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel serving afloat varies widely from month to month according to ship dispositions. The following, however, are the numbers required:
Royal Navy Royal Marines Total October, 1964 37,062 1,322 38,384 31st March, 1968 (latest figures available) 33,196 396 33,592
(These figures exclude locally entered personnel.)