HC Deb 15 May 1924 vol 173 c1557W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many Lieutenant-Commanders are on the active list in the Navy; and how many are drawing pay and allowances to the extent of £756?


In regard to the first part of the question, the number of Lieutenant-Commanders at present on the active list of the Navy is 840. As regards the second part of the question, to furnish exactly the information required would entail an amount of clerical labour which would scarcely appear justifiable, but since the normal liability of these officers is to serve afloat, the number drawing full pay and compensatory allowances amounting to £756 per annum may be taken to be very small. The number entitled to the maximum rate of full pay of the rank, namely, £620 10s. per annum, is, however, 173,i.e., 20.6 per cent. approximately. Only those officers who are not accommodated and victualled at the expense of the Crown receive the compensatory allowance in lieu.