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Veterinary And Equitation Establishment, Melton Mowbray

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the annual cost of the Army Veterinary and Equitation Establishment at Melton Mowbray; if he will list the courses, with number and duration and the average attendance for each of the last two years at military establishments at Melton Mowbray; and if he will list the number of student weeks for equitation courses here for each of the last three years as allocated to officers and other ranks and in total.

The annual cost of all functions (both equine and canine) of the RAVC centre, Melton Mowbray, is £2·285 million. Of this, the cost of provision of horse-related training (including farriery) is £367,000. Details of equitation and equitation-related courses held at the centre are given in the table:

CourseNumber held per yearDuration weeksAverage attendance over last 2 years
Advanced Military Equitation127½12
Joint Service Unit Instructor2371/2
Joint Service unit rider/competitor2or329
Military pack transportAs required3Total 18 all ranks over last 2 years
RAVC recruit stable managementAs required2Total 52 soldiers over last 2 years
A number of student weeks for courses held for each of the last three years as allocated to officers and soldiers is given in the table:

CourseOfficer weeksSoldier weeksTotal weeksOfficer/Soldier ratio
Advanced Military Equitation247·5742·59901:3
Joint Service Unit Instructor39901291:2·5
Joint Service Unit Rider/Competitor421081501:2·5