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British Service Attaches

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the total sum spent on the pay, allowances and accommodation abroad of British naval, military, air and civil aviation attaches and their staffs and the total number employed; the corresponding figures before the war; and by how much per cent. the totals of expenditure and employment have risen since before the war.

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL.REPORT.

Can the Minister of State confirm the statement made to me by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the Government are considering the possibility of reducing the number of Service attachés?

Will my right hon. and learned Friend bear in mind that, in this respect, the Admiralty are far more economical than are the other two Services?

Following is the reply:

STATEMENT SHOWING NUMBERS OF SERVICE AND CIVIL AVIATION ATTACHES AND STAFFS AT H.M. MISSIONS ABROAD, AND EXPENDITURE ON PAY, ALLOWANCES AND ACCOMMODATION
—>Number of PersonnelApproximate expenditure on pay, allowances and accommodation
Pre-war (Estimates for 1938–39)Current (1951–52)Per cent. IncreasePre-war (Estimates for 1938–39)Current (1951–52)Per cent. Increase
££
Naval Attachés and Staff268020836,000181,000403
Military Attachés and Staff54185243 55,000414,000653
Air Attachés and Staff449110741,500301,015625
Civil Aviation Attachés and StaffNil42Nil68,951
TOTAL124398221£132,500£964,966628
NOTES.—(1) Figures of expenditure for 1951–52 are based on current actual expenditure.
(2) Official expenditure on domestic accommodation, rent allowances, etc., where applicable, is included.
(3) Cost of office accommodation is not included. Attachés' offices are normally situated on the Mission premises, and separate figures are not available.