HC Deb 04 March 1964 vol 690 c1279
4. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty which Admirals of the Fleet are on active duty; and what emoluments and services are provided for those who are non-active.

Mr. Hay

Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Chief of the Defence Staff, is the only officer of his rank on active duty. For other Admirals of the Fleet, half pay is provided. When they perform specific duties, services are given appropriate to their rank.

Mr. Hynd

How many non-active Admirals of the Fleet are there, and are they really necessary?

Mr. Hay

There are nine Admirals of the Fleet, who are retired and on half pay. Whether they are really necessary is a difficult question to answer. They are individuals who have rendered distinguished service and therefore have the right to go on being called Admiral of the Fleet and to receive half pay.