HC Deb 28 July 1927 vol 209 cc1441-2
73. Colonel WOODCOCK

asked the Secretary of State for War the cost of the personnel of the Army and the cost of the staff of the War Office for the years ending March, 1914 and 1927?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

I have put into tabular form the provision in Estimates, 1913 and 1926, for the War Office staff and for the Army, and will circulate the information in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Is not my right hon. Friend aware that the great overstaffing at the War Office, both with officers and men, is becoming notorious?


No, Sir, I am not at all aware of that; it is not true.

Following is the table:

Estimates Estimates
1913. 1926.
£ £
Army—Net cash total of Army Estimates 27, 700, 000* 42, 500, 000
War Office Staff—Pay and allow ances 440,000† 934,000
*Excludes £520,000 provided for Aviation (see page 74, Estimates 1914).
†The pay and allowances for the War Office staff cover attached officers, typists, messengers and cleaners at headquarters and also local audit staff at outstations, but do not cover Metropolitan Police staff on loan to other Government Departments, nor (in 1913) staff for military aeronautics.

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