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Reserve Forces

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the studies of the demobilisation surveys for reserve forces completing operational engagements for the last five years. (85487)

We are considering whether the documents can be released in full or in part. This will require scrutiny of a considerable amount of information contained within five main reports and three follow-up reports. Once this process is complete, I will write to the hon. Gentleman and, if appropriate, place copies of the report in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the studies of terminal surveys for members of reserve forces leaving the reserve forces for the last five years. (85488)

The armed forces do not currently carry out terminal surveys for members of the reserve forces. But we do conduct a larger number of focused surveys on reserves; for example a continuous attitude survey on the TA and a copy of this survey of Annex is in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the manning totals were (a) in 2005-06 and (b) in the most recent period for which figures are available of (i) men and (ii) women for (A) officers and (B) other ranks in each of the reserve forces, breaking down (1) the Territorial Army by area and corps and (2) (x) the Royal Navy Reserve and (y) the Royal Auxiliary Air Force by functional category. (85503)

[holding answer14 July 2006]: Available information on the number of male and female officers and other ranks in the Territorial Army and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force is given in the following tables:

Territorial Army personnel1 as at 1 April 2005

Number

Male

Officers female

Total

Male

Other ranks female

Total

All Arm/Corps

4,210

1,340

5,550

25,250

5,380

30,630

Staff

80

10

90

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps

210

220

930

70

1,000

Royal Artillery

290

30

320

1,670

220

1,880

Royal Engineers

310

30

340

1,800

230

2,030

Royal Signals

370

100

470

2,700

690

3,380

Infantry

770

10

780

5,940

240

6,180

Army Air Corps

50

50

60

60

Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept

60

60

Royal Logistic Corps

440

60

500

4,610

780

5,400

Royal Army Medical Corps

550

190

740

1,240

890

2,130

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

140

20

160

1,940

140

2,090

Adjutant General Corps (Provost)

40

10

50

220

50

270

Adjutant General Corps (Staff and Personnel Support)

90

40

130

360

420

790

Adjutant General Corps (Education Training Services)

20

20

Adjutant General Corps (Army Legal Services)

10

10

Royal Army Dental Corps

30

10

40

10

20

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

10

10

Intelligence Corps

80

30

100

320

70

390

Army Physical Training Corps

General List

10

10

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

350

720

1,080

20

40

60

Unallocated

10

10

180

190

Officer Training Corps

3,230

1,530

4,760

Small Arms School Corps

General Service Corps

280

70

350

1 Figures include Mobilised TA personnel and University Officer Training Corps but exclude Non Regular Permanent Staff and Full Time Reserve Service personnel. Source: DASA (Army)

Territorial Army personnel1 as at 1 April 2006

Number

Male

Officers female

Total

Male

Other ranks female

Total

All Arm/Corps

4,120

1,270

5,400

26,260

5,740

32,000

Staff

80

10

90

Household Cavalry/ Royal Armoured Corps

210

220

960

80

1,040

Royal Artillery

290

30

320

1,710

250

1,960

Royal Engineers

300

40

340

1,890

250

2,140

Royal Signals

380

100

480

2,770

760

3,530

Infantry

750

10

760

6,520

230

6,760

Army Air Corps

40

50

60

60

Royal Army Chaplain’s Dept

60

60

Royal Logistic Corps

420

60

480

4,680

840

5,520

Royal Army Medical Corps

540

190

720

1,210

840

2,050

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

140

20

160

1,960

160

2,120

Adjutant General Corps (Provost)

30

10

40

200

40

240

Adjutant General Corps (Staff and Personnel Support)

110

30

140

340

450

800

Adjutant General Corps (Education Training Services)

20

20

Adjutant General Corps (Army Legal Services)

10

10

Royal Army Dental Corps

20

10

30

10

20

30

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

10

10

10

Intelligence Corps

80

20

100

330

70

400

Army Physical Training Corps

General List

10

10

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

330

670

1,000

20

30

50

Unallocated

60

60

Officer Training Corps

3,550

1,690

5,240

Small Arms School Corps

10

10

General Service Corps

270

60

330

1 Figures include Mobilised TA personnel and University Officer Training Corps but exclude Non Regular Permanent Staff and Full Time Reserve Service personnel. Source: DASA (Army)

Royal Auxiliary Air Force strength by gender

Number

1 April 2005

1 April 2006

Officers

290

280

Male

230

230

Female

60

50

Other Ranks

1,190

1,180

Male

980

990

Female

200

180

Source: DASA (Air)

Royal Auxiliary Air Force officers

Number

1 April 2005

1 April 2006

All branches

290

280

GD

10

10

Flying Squadron Leader

Junior Officer Pilots

20

30

Junior Officer Weapons System Operator

10

10

Junior Officer Rear crew

Flying total

40

40

Operations Support (Air Traffic Control)

Operations Support (Fighter Control)

Operations Support (Intelligence)

80

80

Operations Support (Regiment)

20

20

Operations Support (Flight Operations)

30

30

Operations Support (Provost and Security)

Ops spt total

140

140

Engineer

Supply

10

10

Administration (Secretarial)

40

40

Administration (Catering)

Administration (Physical Education)

Administration (Training)

Medical

20

20

Medical Support

Dental

Chaplains

Legal

Music

Princess Mary Royal Air Force Nursing Service

20

10

Ground total

100

90

Source: DASA (Air)

Royal Auxiliary Air Force other ranks

Number

1 April 2005

1 April 2006

All trades

1,190

1,180

Ground trades

1,170

1,160

Engineering Technician Airframe

Engineering Technician Propulsion

Engineering Technician Weapon

Airframe Technician (Mechanical)

Airframe Technician (Avionics)

Engineering Technician (Avionics)

Engineering Technician (Aircraft Electrical)

Communication and Information Systems

Engineering Technician Electronics

Telecommunications Controller/Telecommunications Operator

20

20

Communication and Information Systems Aerial Erector

General Technician Electrical

10

10

General Technician Ground Support Equipment

10

10

General Technician Workshops

General Technician (Mechanical)

Mechanical Transport Driver

40

30

Mechanical Transport Technician/Mechanic

10

10

Royal Air Force Police

40

30

Gunner

480

500

Firefighter

Air Traffic Control

100

80

Meteorological Non Commissioned Officer

Royal Air Force Administration

Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor

Intelligence Systems Analyst (Communications)

Intelligence Systems Analyst (Voice)

Aerospace Manager Operator/Senior Non Commissioned Officer Fighter Controller

Survival Equipment Fitter

10

Painter and Finisher

Photographer

Intelligence Analyst (Imagery)

50

40

Air Cartographer

Staff Nurse (Registered Mental Nurse)

Pharmacy Technician

Environmental Health Technician

Operating Theatre Technician

Radiographer

Laboratory Technician

Medical Administrator

30

30

Medical Assistant

40

40

Staff Nurse (Registered General Nurse)

40

40

Dental Nurse

Dental Hygienist

Dental Administrator/Nurse

Personnel Administrator

60

60

Data/Statistical Analyst

Supplier

60

70

Movements Controller/Operator

160

160

Chef

20

20

Catering Accountant

Mess Manager/Steward

Musician

Non commissioned aircrew

20

20

Weapons System Operator (Air Electronics)

Weapons System Operator (Linguist)

Weapons System Operator (Air Engineers)

Weapons System Operator (Air Load Master)

10

‘—’ denotes zero or rounded to zero. Note: All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used, figures may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. Source: DASA (Air)

Reliable information on Royal Navy Reserve functional categories is not held centrally and can be collated only at disproportionate cost. A breakdown by units is shown as follows.

Royal Navy Reserves as at 31 March 2005

Number

Male

Officers female

Total

Male

Other ranks female

Total

All units

760

230

1,000

1,160

440

1,600

HMS Calliope

40

10

40

70

20

100

HMS Cambria

30

10

40

60

20

80

HMS Caroline

20

10

30

50

30

70

HMS Dalriada

20

10

30

50

30

80

HMS Eaglet

50

20

80

120

40

160

HMS Ferret

50

20

60

HMS Flying Fox

20

10

30

60

20

80

HMS Forward

30

30

80

30

110

HMS King Alfred

80

20

100

80

50

130

HMS President

100

30

120

110

50

160

HMS Scotia

40

10

50

90

30

120

HMS Sherwood

30

10

40

70

30

100

HMS Vivid

30

20

50

90

40

130

HMS Wildfire

30

20

40

30

30

70

Air Branch

160

10

170

190

20

200

Mine Warfare Clearance Diver

10

10

Media Relations

30

40

70

Source: RNR database

Royal Navy Reserves as at 31 March 2006

Number

Male

Officers female

Total

Male

Other ranks female

Total

All units

770

210

980

1,050

360

1,410

HMS Calliope

30

10

40

70

20

80

HMS Cambria

30

10

30

40

20

60

HMS Caroline

20

10

20

50

20

70

HMS Dalriada

20

10

30

50

20

70

HMS Eaglet

50

20

70

100

30

140

HMS Ferret

50

10

60

HMS Flying Fox

30

30

50

20

60

HMS Forward

30

30

60

20

80

HMS King Alfred

90

20

100

70

40

110

HMS President

100

30

120

110

40

160

HMS Scotia

40

10

40

80

30

110

HMS Sherwood

40

40

60

30

90

HMS Vivid

30

20

50

80

30

120

HMS Wildfire

30

20

50

30

20

50

Air Branch

160

10

170

180

20

200

Mine Warfare Clearance Diver

20

20

Media Relations

40

30

70

Source: RNR database