Skip to main content

Armed Forces (Undermanning)

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the extent of undermanning in the armed forces this year; and if he will make a statement. [113249]

As at 1 April 2003 the shortfall against the current trained requirement of the armed forces stood at 6,510. This is an improvement on the same time last year with an increase in the overall trained strength and a decrease in the deficit.All three Services are working hard to address the shortfalls so that the targets set out in the current Public Service Agreements can be met.

Details of undermanning by individual Service as at 1 April 2003 are shown as follows:

Naval Service



Trained requirement38,510106,98049,640
Trained strength37,600102,12048,900