HC Deb 10 July 1923 vol 166 cc1154-5
26. Mr. LUMLEY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will consider reducing the number of Army chaplains, which shows a decided increase on 1914 figures, although the number of effectives is less; and if he has under consideration any proposals to this effect?

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

The total number of chaplains holding permanent and temporary commissions to-day is 150, as against a total of about 157 permanent and acting chaplains in 1914. There is, therefore, an actual decrease on 1914 figures. Proposals for the normal establishment of the Royal Army Chaplains Department are now under consideration.


How many of the 1914 chaplains are paid and how many of the present chaplains are paid?

Lieut. - Colonel GUINNESS

I should like to have notice of that question. There were included in the figures of 1914 39 acting chaplains, and, as far as I know, they were paid.