HC Deb 10 December 1958 vol 597 c316
2. Mr. Atkins

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of officers serving on the headquarters staff; and the numbers of these employed on technical and administrative duties, respectively.

Mr. R. Allan

The number of uniformed officers serving on the headquarters staff on 1st October last was 729. It is virtually impossible to give an accurate breakdown because technical officers usually have some administrative duties and vice versa; but roughly two-thirds of these officers are employed on duties which are primarily technical and one-third on duties which are primarily administrative.

Mr. Atkins

Can my hon. Friend say whether the recommendations of the Nihill Committee about headquarters staff have been put into effect and what results they are having, or will have?

Mr. Allan

Yes, the Nihill Committee recommendations are being put into effect now. We hope that when they are fully in operation there will be considerable reductions in the administrative staff.

Mr. Bence

Can the hon. Gentleman give any idea of how many years it will be before we have more admirals than ships?

Mr. Allan

That will be a very long time.

Sir P. Agnew

Can my hon. Friend say how these figures compare with the figures immediately pre-war, having regard to the fragmentary size of the Navy now compared with what it was before the war?

Mr. Allan

I am afraid I could not without notice.