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Military Vehicles

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many qualified minibus drivers there were in HM forces in each year since 2001; (108084)

(2) what the requirement is for the number of minibus drivers in HM forces; and how many there are;

(3) what the projected cost is of training to fill the shortfall in minibus drivers for the armed forces.

The MOD has not set an overall requirement for a specified number of minibus drivers, and the number serving at any time will fluctuate dependent on individual and unit requirements. The actual number of drivers with minibus licences is not centrally recorded and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The MOD is, however, not aware of a shortfall in minibus drivers.