HC Deb 22 February 1926 vol 192 cc64-5W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the numbers of chaplains employed on full time by the Admiralty, and the annual cost thereof; and the numbers and annual cost of chaplains, if any, employed on a part-time basis?


Including the Chaplain of the Fleet, there are at the present time 80 Church of England and 19 other chaplains holding commissions employed on full-time duties. Commissions are not granted except to those employed on full time. Ministers of religion not engaged on full-time duties are designated "Officiating Ministers." Of these 21 received fixed salaries and, in addition, occasional ministrations are performed by about 140 officiating ministers remunerated on a capitation basis. The cost for pay of the chaplains employed on full-time duties (exclusive of the Chaplain of the Fleet, who receives a consolidated salary of £1,500 per annum) is £49,500 approximately. These officers are provided with service accommodation and victualling, or are paid the authorised allowances in lieu. The cost of the 21 officiating ministers in receipt of fixed salaries is £2,150. Occasional ministrations paid for on a capitation basis cost about £1,600 a year.