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Territorial Army (Records)

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2006, Official Report, column 1442W, on Territorial Army (Records), (1) what the reason is for the time taken to reply to the question; (85119)

(2) for what reason information on units to which individuals are mobilised does not include subsequent mobilisation after the initial posting.

The Reserve Training and Mobilisation Centre has no authority over the posting process and therefore will not routinely know if an individual is subsequently posted to a different unit. This is the responsibility of the Integrated Mobilisation Cell who decide where members of the Territorial Army are to be posted, and the Army Personnel Centre who issue the posting order and update the individual's Record of Service.

I regret the delay in providing the answer of 10 July which was due to an administrative oversight. New procedures for recording and tracking parliamentary questions will prevent this in future.