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Chaplains

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change the number of chaplains in each of the Armed Forces. (97318)

The Royal Navy currently has 701 chaplains and is seeking to recruit up to its establishment of 751 chaplains. A review of the Royal Navy chaplaincy service is currently taking place as part of the Navy Board Personnel Change Programme to ensure that the establishment, placement and training of chaplains matches the current, and anticipated, needs of the service.

The Army currently has 1451 chaplains and is seeking to recruit up to its establishment of 1601 Chaplains.

The RAF currently has 701 chaplains and is seeking to recruit up to its establishment of 751 chaplains.

In addition to serving service chaplains the armed forces have four full time civilian chaplains to the military for the Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu and Muslim faiths. There is also an honorary officiating chaplain to minister to those of the Jewish faith. There are no plans to change the number of these chaplains.

1 All figures have been rounded to the nearest five