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Reservists

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of how many reservists in the armed forces have lost their jobs due to participating in active service; and if he will make a statement. (74822)

Under section 1 of the Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985, an employer is required to take back into his employment former employees who have completed full-time service. Of all those mobilised to support operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we are aware of only 28 reservists who have made applications for reinstatement to their civilian jobs under the 1985 Act (eight of which have progressed to Reinstatement Committee hearing). In addition, we are aware that one reservist has lost his job because he was due to report for mobilisation.