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Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1952

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the total number of naval personnel, active service and reserves, respectively, in July, 1914, August, 1939 and today.

The numbers required are as follow:

Active service (including reservists recalled)Available Reserves (excluding those on active service)
15th July, 1914146,00064,000
1st July, 1939129,00065,000
1st January, 1952147,00073,000
The July, 1939, figures have been given as more readily available than those for August of that year.In July, 1939, some 2,000 reservists had been mobilised. In January, 1952, over 5,500 reservists were on active service. The current reserves figure does not take into account the naval equivalent of the Z Reserve apart from those who have volunteered for the Emergency Reserves.