§ 41. Mr. ARNOLD
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will state the number of the staff of the Admiralty on31st May, 1919, as compared with the number on the date of the Armistice, 11thNovember, 1918?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Dr. Macnamara)
According to a revised Return, the total number of civilian staff, excluding messengers and charwomen, employed by the Admiralty on 11th November, 1918, was 8,312. On 31st May, 1919, the number was 7,642, a net reduction of 670. The gross reduction was 1,331, but against this must be set an increase of 661 In the Departments and branches of the Admiralty dealing with demobilisation and reconstruction problems.