HC Deb 16 February 1927 vol 202 cc911-2

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what was the number of the Admiralty headquarter's staff, and the numbers serving under the Admiralty command in February, 1914, and the corresponding figures for the present time?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Lieut.-Colonel Headlam)

I regret that figures for 1st February, 1914, are not available. The figures for 1st August, 1914, are 2,072 and 215,331 re spectively; and for 1st January, 1927, 3,193 and 174,473. I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate the details in the OFFICIAL PEPORT.

The details are as follow:

The total civilian and naval staff (including messengers are charwomen) employed at the Admiralty on the 1st August, 1914, numbered 2,072. On the 1st January, 1927, the number was 3,193.

The personnel of the Navy on the 15th July, 1914, numbered 146,047. On the 15th January, 1927, the number was 101,434.

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 on the 1st January, 1927, the number was 75,880. These figures comprise the following:

1st August, 1914. 1st January, 1927.
Non-Industrial Staff:
Headquarters 1,920 2,841
Elsewhere 3,586 5,930
Industrial Staff: 65.698 67,109
Total 71,204 75,880

If the hon. Member will refer to the reply of the 18th November, 1925, 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 proportionately related with those of naval personnel.


asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it is the intention of the Admiralty to ask for an increase of the personnel of the Royal Navy, in view of the international conditions?

The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Bridgeman)

I trust that the international conditions referred to by the hon. Member will not be so prolonged as to make it necessary to ask for an increase.