HC Deb 20 January 1969 vol 776 cc37-8W
Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total expenditure on H.M.Y. "Britannia" in 1968; on what occasions she went to sea; how much each occasion cost; what he estimates will be the total cost in 1969; on what occasions; what each occasion will cost; and if he will take steps to reduce this expenditure.

Dr. David Owen

Total expenditure on H.M. Yacht "Britannia" during the financial year 1968–69 is estimated to be in the region of £½ million. Running costs during 1969–70 are expected to be of the same order, although total expenditure will be higher in that year on account of the refit planned for the autumn. Apart from Royal duties, which included Her Majesty The Queen's visit to South America "Britannia" took part

Enlisted in Scotland 1967 Enlisted Elsewhere Total Enlisted in Scotland 1968 Enlisted Elsewhere Total
The Royal Scots Greys 43 10 53 40 6 46
Scots Guards 115 72 187 78 31 109
The Scottish Division* 497 89 586 344 50 394
* Until 1st July, 1968, divided into the Lowland and Highland Brigades.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much money was spent in recruiting for Scottish regiments in 1968; how many recruits were obtained as a result of advertising and

(2) what manpower reductions have been made in the training establishments of the Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, respectively, during the last four years.

Mr. Reynolds

The numbers of training, administrative and support staffs employed in Service training establishments as at December 1964 and 1968, respectively, are as follows:

in naval manoeuvres and exercises, both national and N.A.T.O., during 1968. In 1969 she will, of course, be available for use by members of the Royal Family as required, but the plans for her overall programme are not yet complete. I am not prepared to cost each occasion on which the Royal Yacht goes to sea. On the last part of the Question I have nothing to add to my predecessor's reply to the hon. Gentleman on 22nd January, 1968.—[Vol. 757, c. 40–1.]