HC Deb 23 January 1970 vol 794 cc198-9W
Mr Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the number of officers and other ranks, respectively, in each of the three Services, respectively, and in the women's Services, respectively, and indicate the number who are aliens and Commonwealth citizens, respectively.

Mr. Hattersley

The strengths of officers and other ranks in each of the three Services respectively, and in the women's services, as at 1st December, 1969, are as follows:

Service Officers Other Ranks
Royal Navy and Royal Marines 11,009 73,409
Army 18,143 153,417
Royal Air Force 19,147 88,035
WRNS and QARNNS 439 2,918
WRAC and QARANC 857 4,489
WRAF and PMRAFNS 809 4,532
Total 50,404 326,800

I regret that information on numbers of aliens and Commonwealth citizens could not be made available without an unjustifiable effort.