§ Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how the present re-engagement rate in the Royal Navy compares with the previous five years.
§ Dr. David Owen
I am happy to say that the re-engagement rates for men in the Royal Navy at the end of their initial 9 and 12 year engagements have improved over the past 3½ years from 23 per cent. and 47 per cent. to 33 per cent. and 51 per cent. respectively.
Rates for re-engagements in earlier years are not strictly comparable with these figures since they do not reflect the change in the length of initial engagements introduced in 1956.