asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the numbers of Royal Navy personnel serving with Her Majesty's ships in each year to 1987.
Currently some 26,000 Royal Navy personnel are serving with ships, submarines and frontline squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm. Since it is not the practice to give detailed information on the planned future composition of the Fleet, it is not possible to give future manpower figures in greater detail than the totals already announced in my written answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Fareham (Mr. Lloyd) on 23 March 1982.—[Vol. 20, c. 323.]