HC Deb 27 November 1979 vol 974 c570W
26. Mr. Sever

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the level of recruitment into the Royal Navy.

Mr. Speed

Recruitment into the Royal Navy is showing an encouraging increase by comparison with last year. Numbers in some categories are however still short of requirements but various measures are in hand aimed at improving the position. There is considerable ground to make up, at least in part because of the poor recruiting and retention of recent years.

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