Is the hon. Gentleman aware that yachts have come into disrepute since June, 1970? Can he say what percentage of officer recruits in the last year attended public schools? Can he further say what steps he is taking to create a more open type of recruitment to the officer class?
The object of the current advertising campaign is to attract candidates from the widest possible sections of the community. In answer to the hon. Gentleman's question about the sources from which candidates come, he will be interested to know that in the last two years the percentage of candidates who have put themselves forward from schools other than Headmasters' Conference schools has been between two-thirds and three-quarters.