HC Deb 10 June 1998 vol 313 c606W
Mr. Menzies Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy vessels are below full crew complement; and by how many. [44190]

Dr. Reid

The major ships of the Surface Flotilla all experience a degree of gapping which, on average, amounts to 5 per cent. of the full crew complement. In the case of minor ships, this average is 4 per cent. No submarines are operating below their full crew complement.