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Army Continuous Attitude Survey

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors were taken into account when deciding to omit from the Army Continuous Attitude Survey September-December 2005 (a) question 61a, (b) question 63a and (c) question 66 included in the June-September 2004 survey. (78131)

Questions 61a and 63a were removed from the survey because they were not providing an accurate measure of the levels of discrimination and bullying in the Army, or of the Army’s commitment to issues of equality. They asked whether individuals believed that bullying and discrimination exists rather than whether they had direct experience of such incidents. Responses were therefore likely to be influenced by factors such as anecdotal evidence, media coverage and popular opinion as opposed to personal knowledge. Other questions related to direct experience remain.

Question 66 was replaced by question 39c to give the respondent more opportunity to explain their reasons for not making a formal complaint and to provide a richer source of data for analysis.