§ 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.