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Staff Numbers

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 July, Official Report, column 87–88, on the numbers of civilian and service staff in post, if he will publish the comparable figures for 1 January 1990.

The information is as follows:

1 April 1990
Civilian staff in post
Grade 3165
Grade 51373
Service staff in post
Major Generals (and equivalents)149
Brigadiers (and equivalents)393

1 Civilian data for 1 January 1990 are not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Army's manpower in thousands in (a) 1980, (b) 1992, (c) 1993 and (d) 1994; and if he will make a statement.

The strength of the Regular Army, excluding Gurkhas, as at 1 April of the years in question is as follows:

(a) 1980–159,000, (b)1992–145,000, (c) 1993–135,000 and (d) 1994–120,000 (current forecast).

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the percentage reduction, since the "Options for Change" announcements in (a) first division civil servants and (b) executive officers employed by the Ministry of Defence; and what are the corresponding reductions in armed forces' uniformed manpower.

The information is as follows:

1 April 19901 April 1993Percentage change
First division civil servants4,0713,825-4·78
Colonels and equivalents and above2,0741,9147·71
Executive officers42,46739,877-6·10
2nd Lieutenants—Lt Colonels and equivalents38,45637,380-2·80


First Division civil servants are taken to be Grades 1–7. Executive officers are taken to be those in the executive band in the Grades of Senior Executive Officer, Higher Executive Officer and Executive Officer Grades.