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Equipment And Maintenance Personnel

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of REME and RE trades relating to the maintenance of equipment is, stating in each case the (i) trade and (ii) percentage shortfall from establishment requirement; and if he will make a statement. [113241]

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are the specialist corps responsible for the technical maintenance of equipment within the Army and not the Royal Engineers (RE). The tables below show the requirement and trained strength of REME trade groups. Information on individual trades is not held centrally, and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

REME Trade Groups
Army/Corps Trade Group (REME)RequirementStrength±Percentages
Artificer
Aircraft861324653.5
Artificer
Avionics4655919.6
Artificer
Electronics18932713873.0
Artificer
Vehicles476520449.2
Artificer
Weapons801193948.8
Technician
Aircraft60060220.3
Technician
Avionics2592994015.4
Technical
Electronics905969647.1
Armourer679594-85-12.5
Metalsmith233229-4-1.7
Recovery
Mechanic591454-137-23.2
Shipwright2927-2-6.9
Technical
Storeman334300-200-36.2
Vehicle
Electrician553353-200-36.2
Vehicle
Mechanic4,1243,432-692-16.8
Total9.1848,412-772-8.4