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Deserters

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many deserters from Her Majesty's Forces have been apprehended in each year since 1960; how many have been charged with military offences; and what has been the total cost to the Exchequer of pay and travel warrants subsequently given to such deserters.

This information is not readily available in the form requested. I shall write to the hon. Member.