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Reserve Forces

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since May 1997 sponsored reserves have been called up; how many were called up each time and for what service; and if he will make a statement. [113252]

The Royal Navy and the Army have only called out their sponsored reserves on one occasion, namely last March when 36 members of the Royal Naval sponsored reserves and two members of the Army sponsored reserves were called out to support operations in the Gulf. They all have been, or shortly will be, demobilised. Members of the RAF sponsored reserves have been called out on a regular basis since October 2000 but the exact occasions and numbers have not been recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Currently, 18 members of the RAF sponsored reserves are called out for permanent service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the bearing of reserve forces by service against requirement was in each year since 1990; and what the current bearing against requirement is. [113963]

The information is set out in the following tables:

Strength
Royal Naval ReserveTerritorial ArmyRoyal Auxiliary Air Force
19907,00081,9001,722
19917,00082,8001,773
19927,00080,3001,814
19935,60068,7001,765
19944,60065,0001,762
19953,70059,9001,318
19963,50057,3001,188
19973,60057,6001,361
19983,70057,0001,648
19993,80051,8001,724
20004,10044,8001,796
20014,10041,5001,665
20024,10040,3001,582
20033,18339,0111,602

Source:

DASA (Tri-Service)

Establishment

Royal Naval Reserve

Territorial Army

Royal Auxiliary Air Force

1990

1

89,960

1

1991

1

95,068

1

1992

1

79,600

1

1993

1

79,871

1

19943,50075,624

1

19953,50063,950

1

19963,50059,000

1

19973,58072,179

1

19983,58065,0002,288
19993,58047,2002,251
20003,58041,0242,235
20013,58041,0242,203
20023,58041,0242,194
20033,23141,8932,224

1 Not available/applicable

Separate figures are not available for the Royal Marines Reserve. However, the current strength of the RMR is 852 against an establishment of 990.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many resignations from the reserve forces there have been since 1 January; and how many there were in each year since 1990. [113964]

The information requested is not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment has been made of the reasons for Reserve Forces personnel choosing to resign;[113965](2) what measures have been taken to reduce the number of resignations from the Reserve Forces. [113966]

Although such information would be held at unit level, there has been no recent centralised assessment of the reasons why Reserve Forces personnel resign. However, there are currently no indications to suggest that the recent call-out of reservists to support Operation TELIC will result in an increased rate of resignation from the Reserve Forces.As part of the follow-up work that normally accompanies large scale operations, we will be contacting reservists who served on Operation TELIC to identify any lessons that may be learned from their experience.


We shall also be reviewing the relevant legislation to ensure that there are appropriate financial safeguards for both reservists and their employers and that job security is provided.