As this Question deals only with headquarters staff, is my right hon. Friend keeping an eye on this matter, and is he quite sure that this growth is absolutely necessary?
Absolutely sure. Of course, it would be improper for me to quote numbers with regard to the expansion of the Air Force, but I think my hon. Friend must know that they are out of all proportion to the increase in numbers of staff.
While I appreciate how the Air Force has developed and the necessity for growth of staff, I was asking about the growth of headquarters staff. Does it not show a rather large increase?