Air Marshals

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th February 1963.

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Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington 12:00 am, 27th February 1963

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many air marshals of various grades are now serving; and how this figure compares with the total last year.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

There were 95 on 1st January, 1963, compared with 99 on the same date last year.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

Whilst offering congratulations to the right hon. Gentleman for the slight reduction in the number, may I ask whether the Royal Air Force really needs 95 people of that rank? Is it not top-heavy, just the same as the other two Services?

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

No, Sir, we need these men. Fourteen of them are serving in international and inter-Service appointments and eight of them in medical and dental branches, which are of great importance.

Photo of Mr Reginald Paget Mr Reginald Paget , Northampton

May we take it that the introduction of Polaris will not produce any redundancy amongst air marshals?