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Officer Training Corps

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the membership of the Officer Training Corps in each institution in which it operates. [13757]

The number of Officer Cadets, for which each Officer Training Corps (OTC) is established, is shown in the table. The actual number of Officer Cadets fluctuates through the year according to the academic calendar. The OTCs recruit above their established strength at the start of the academic year, to take account of the normal wastage rate, so that actual membership numbers level down to the established figure later in the year.

Number
Aberdeen168
Belfast168
Birmingham168
Bristol168
Cambridge224
East Midlands168
Edinburgh168
Exeter168
Glasgow168
Leeds168
Liverpool168
London364
Manchester168
Northumbria168
Oxford224
Sheffield168
Southampton168
Tayforth168
Wales168

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the cost of the Officer Training Corps in the most recent year for which figures are available. [13758]

The total indentifiable cost of the Officer Training Corps (OTC) for Financial Year 1996–97 was £16.7 million, which includes staff and running costs as well as property management of the OTC estate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of members of the Officer Training Corps subsequently join the regular forces. [13756]

In the academic year 1995–96, the most recent year for which complete figures are available, a total of 260 members of the Officer Training Corps were commissioned into the regular forces. Broken down by Service, one commission was into the Royal Navy, seven into the Royal Marines, 250 into the Army and two into the Royal Air Force. The overall figure of 260 represents approximately 7.5 per cent. of the total Officer Training Corps establishment.