I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 17 July 2006, Official Report, column 216W and on 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1490W, for the number of voluntary outflow exits each year since 1997. The following table shows the number of voluntary outflow exits for each of the last 12 months.
Numbers of voluntary outflow (VO) of trained regular Army offices and soldiers from 1 September 2005 to 31 August 2006Arm/Service Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured CorpsRoyal Regiment of ArtilleryCorps of Royal EngineersRoyal Corps of SignalsThe InfantryCorps of Royal Electrical Mechanical EngineersTotal2005September 5040803014040390October 3030604011050330November 4040604012040320December 2040304080202302006January 4050704020040450February 2030304015030310March 2030504013040320April 3040604016040360May 3040603014040330June 3040404016030340July 3040503012040300August 2040605013030330 Notes:1. The term premature voluntary release has been changed to voluntary outflow (VO), although the methodology remains the same.2. VO is defined as all exits from trained personnel which are generated by the individual before their time expiry. 3. The figures are based on all voluntary outflow from the Trained strength of the UK Regular Army.4. Figures exclude officers in the general staff (i.e. those with a rank of Colonel and above).5. All data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. Numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.