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Army Continuous Attitude Survey

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of respondents to Question 39C in the Army Continuous Attitude Survey, September to December 2005 were (a) positive, (b) neutral and (c) negative on the matter. (90135)

In carrying out further analysis of Question 39c, an error was discovered in the analysis of the number of comments made by respondents which was used in my answer of 5 July 2006, Official Report, column 1352W. I apologise for this error. For the record, I have issued a correction with the answer to this Parliamentary Question. The analysis of Question 39c is summarised as follows together with revised tables on the number and types of comments. Overall, a total of 90 Officers and 252 Soldiers commented on Question 39c, which equates to 8 per cent. and 16 per cent. respectively of those who responded to the questionnaire.

The numbers of respondents who made positive, neutral or negative comments, or comments that included a mix of all three are given in the following table.

Total comments

Positive

Neutral

Negative

Combined

Total respondents

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Officers

90

17

19

3

3

53

59

17

19

Soldiers

252

62

25

10

4

157

62

23

9

Total

342

79

23

13

4

210

61

40

12

Some respondents made more than one comment and the following tables give a breakdown of the comments. This corrects my answer of 5 July. The first table gives a breakdown of whether each of the comments was positive, negative or neutral.

PositiveNeutralNegative

Total comments

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Officers

129

34

26

7

5

88

68

Soldiers

350

85

24

14

4

251

72

Total

479

119

25

21

4

339

71

This table gives a breakdown of the total number of negative comments made by category:

Number of comments

Category

Officers

Soldiers

1. Stigma attached to complaining

8

13

2. Pressure not to complain

3

7

3. Fear of further victimisation/bad reaction from person responsible for unfair treatment

4

22

4. Would have made the situation worse

7

26

5. Do not know/did not know what to do

3

10

6. Pointless—nothing changes

22

54

7. Did not feel the need to/could not be bothered to complain

5

22

8. Part of Army life

5

7

9. Lack of trust in the system

2

25

10. Leaving soon or moving jobs (respondent or person responsible for unfair treatment)

0

7

11. Currently being dealt with

2

1

12. Effect on career prospects

7

14

13. Dealt with in-house/informal complaint made

0

1

14. Not suffered any unfair treatment

0

0

15. General comments about unfair treatment suffered/suffering (no mention of complaint)

17

40

16. Other (any comments that do not fit the above categories)

3

2