HC Deb 27 February 1963 vol 672 c1241
22. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many air marshals of various grades are now serving; and how this figure compares with the total last year.

Mr. H. Fraser

There were 95 on 1st January, 1963, compared with 99 on the same date last year.

Mr. Hynd

Whilst offering congratulations to the right hon. Gentleman for the slight reduction in the number, may I ask whether the Royal Air Force really needs 95 people of that rank? Is it not top-heavy, just the same as the other two Services?

Mr. Fraser

No, Sir, we need these men. Fourteen of them are serving in international and inter-Service appointments and eight of them in medical and dental branches, which are of great importance.

Mr. Paget

May we take it that the introduction of Polaris will not produce any redundancy amongst air marshals?