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Civil Defence Services (Strengths)

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 10 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the authorised establishment of the Civil Defence services; what was the actual strength in 1955–56; and what is the strength today.

There is no authorised establishment for these services. All volunteers who satisfy the relevant conditions of eligibility can be accepted. The actual strengths in Great Britain at 31st December, 1955, 1956 and 1960 were as follows:

——195519561960
Civil Defence Corps371,670354,300359,660
Auxiliary Fire Ser vice21,29020,55819,825
National Hospital Service Reserve50,49552,19168,913
Industrial Civil Defence Service206,026209,539186,630
TOTALS649,481636,588635,028