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Uk-Based Staff (Overseas Service)

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 9 April 1952

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the number of home-based civil servants of his Department serving abroad in the clerical, executive and works group, including mechanical and electrical engineers, scientific, technical, draughtsmen and other categories, respectively.

As the answer consists of a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Could my hon. Friend indicate whether he considers the position to be satisfactory, or whether his Department is under-staffed or overstaffed in this respect? If it is overstaffed, does he hope to make reductions?

I do not think that the position of postings overseas is unsatisfactory at the present time.

Following is the table:

AIR MINISTRY U.K. BASED STAFF SERVING ABROAD AS AT 1ST APRIL, 1952—

Total numbers

EXECUTIVE91
CLERICAL82
WORKS GROUP:

Professional:

Civil Engineering54
Mechanical and Electrical28
Surveying20
Lands6

Drawing Office:

Architectural19
Mechanical and Electrical19

Technical:

Civil Engineering100
Mechanical and Electrical102
Surveying24

Others:

Stores Grade7
379
SCIENTIFIC207
OTHERS230
Total staff (U.K. based) overseas989