HC Deb 07 February 1958 vol 581 c222W
Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Defence how many uniformed personnel there were in the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Royal Air Force, respectively, on 1st January, 1958; and how many civilians each of the three Services employed at that date.

Mr. Sandys

Following is the information:

Strength of the active forces and of civilian staffs of the Service Departments on 1st January, 1958.
(1) Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force:
Royal Navy 108,950
Army 340,638
Royal Air Force 200,975
Total 650,563*
(2) Civilian staffs (including those locally engaged abroad):
Admiralty 170,900
War Office 219,300
Air Ministry 103,900
Total 494,100
* Excluding men locally enlisted in Colonial Territories for service in the British Forces, Gurkhas, Trucial Oman Scouts, and Central African Federation troops on loan to the British Army.