To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library (a) background papers, interim reports and the final report from the 1997 and 1999 Ministry of Defence reviews of the terms and conditions of service for Gurkhas, on pay and pensions, and (b) the Gurkha Pay and Pensions Manual. 
I will write to my hon. Friend in due course and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
|Army (as at 1 May 2003)|
|Soldier Arm/Service||Trained Strength||Liability||Shortfall||Shortfall (percentage)|
|Royal Corps of Signals||7,601||7,805||-204||-2.6|
|Royal Logistic Corps||13,184||14,711||-1,527||-10.4|
|Royal Army Medical Corps||1,810||1,999||-189||-9.5|
|Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers||8,751||9,850||-1,099||-11.2|
|Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps||445||651||-206||-31.6|
Army figures are for Soldiers.