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Control Commission (Strength)

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 17 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give the total number of persons employed by the Control Commission for Germany, as at 1st July; what proportion of these have been recruited within the last 24 and 12 months, respectively; and what was the strength of the Control Commission for Germany on 1st July, 1946.

The total strength of the British Element of the Control Commission in Germany on 1st July, 1946, and 1st July, 1947, respectively was as follows:

1st July, 1946.1st July, 1947.
Members of the Armed Forces15,5022,342
These figures include some 1,800 persons on 1st July, 1946, and some 3,000 on 1st July, 1947, who belonged to such organisations as North German Timber Control, and British Families Education Service; these are administered by the British Element of the Control Commission, but are not counted as part of it for manpower purposes. Of the 18,759 civilians in Germany at the beginning of this month, about 96 per cent, had been recruited to the Control Service during the previous 24 months and about 55 per cent. during the previous 12 months. Exact information as to numbers of members of the Armed Forces first posted to the Commission during the periods referred to is not available.