HC Deb 28 April 1926 vol 194 c2011

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what was the number of the Admiralty Headquarters Staff and the total numbers serving under the Admiralty command in April, 1914, and at the present time?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Bridgeman)

I regret that figures for 1st April, 1914, are not available. The figures for 1st August, 1914, are 2,072 and 215,331, respectively, and for 1st April, 1926, 3,271 and 177,537. I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate the details in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The details are as follow:

The total civilian and naval staff (including messengers and charwomen) employed at the Admiralty on the 1st August, 1914, numbered 2,072. On the 1st April, 1926, the number was 3,271.

The personnel of the Navy on the 15th July, 1914, numbered 146,047. On the 15th April, 1926, the number was 100,486.

The total civilian staff employed in all Admiralty establishments at home and abroad, including Admiralty headquarters, numbered 71,204 on the 1st August, 1914, and 80,069 at the present time. These figures comprise the following:

1st August,
1914. 1926.
Non-industrial staff:
Headquarters 1,920 3,018
Elsewhere 3,586 5,812
Industrial staff 65,698 71,239
71,204 80,069

If the hon. Member will refer to my reply of the 18th November last, to the hon. Member for Central Nottingham (Mr. Bennett)—OFFICIAL REPORT, cols. 358–364—he will find a detailed explanation why the number of civilian staff cannot be proportionally related with those of naval personnel.