§ 19 Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed services were estimated to be in post on 1 January; how many of them held(a) one of the six highest commissioned ranks, (b) the three highest non-commissioned rank and (c) no rank at all; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Soames
At 1 January 1995, the total strength of the regular armed forces was 236,667. On the same date, 1,752 personnel on the active list held one of the six highest commissioned ranks. 28,144 personnel held one of the three highest non-commissioned ranks. No service personnel had no rank at all.