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Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 4 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will arrange to increase the staff of the Hydrographer of the Navy in order to ensure adequate charting of abandoned oil rigs or other submersible equipment associated with nil and gas exploration.

31st December 1944*31st December 195431st December 196430th September 1974
Royal Navy/Royal Marines†
Admiral of the Fleet2111
Field Marshal311
Marshal of the Royal Air Force111
Air Chief Marshal8667
Air Marshal27192015
Air Vice-Marshal125776851
* These figures are taken from the Active Lists for 1944. They do not, therefore, include those retired senior officers who were re-employed during the war in their former rank. This information is not available.
† The figures quoted cover both the Navy ranks listed and the equivalent ranks of the Royal Marines.

The Government response to the Report of the Select Committee on Science and Technology on offshore engineering (HC 313) will be available shortly. The Hydrographic Study Group, the formation of which was announced on 17th July 1974—[Vol. 877, c. 159.]—is expected to report in March. Decisions concerning the future size of the Hydro-graphic Department will be taken in the light of these two documents.