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Armed Forces Leave

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) highest and (b) average amount was of leave not taken in the last leave year and not carried over in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force. (101050)

The information requested is not held centrally. However, the Defence Analytical Services Agency undertake an annual Survey of Leave1: The survey report includes estimates of the average number of leave days lost per person for each service. These estimates for the 2005-06 leave year are shown in the following table.

1 The survey includes all trained personnel from OR1 to OF6.

2005-06

Estimated average number of annual leave days not taken and not carried over

Naval Service1

0.4

Army

2.4

RAF

1.1

1 Naval Service includes the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines

Because the Survey of Leave is a sample survey it cannot identify the highest value in the population as a whole. Moreover, the highest figures within the survey sample are not considered robust enough to report in isolation.

The 2005-06 copy of the Survey of Leave report will be available in the Library of the House within the next four weeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were not able to take all of their annual leave in the last leave year. (101051)

The information requested is not held centrally. The Defence Analytical Services Agency undertake an annual survey of leave which provides various survey estimates relating to annual leave taken, carried forward and lost. However, the survey does not distinguish between annual leave days personnel were not able to take from those they chose to carry forward into the next year.

The 2005-06 copy of the survey of leave report will be available in the Library of the House within the next four weeks.