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Armed Forces

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, columns 907-8W, on the armed forces, what criminal offences were involved, and which cases were dealt with in (a) magistrates courts and (b) county courts. (115880)

The breakdown of information sought is not readily available in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, I attach a breakdown of offences by category since 2001. As individuals may be charged with more than one offence the total numbers in each year do not correspond with those in my answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, columns 970-8W, which relate to individuals not offences.

Category

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Criminal damage

3

3

12

5

9

3

Assault

19

16

34

43

32

8

Theft

4

9

12

5

2

5

Sexual offences

1

1

2

3

3

1

Driving offences

258

302

371

359

218

96

Disorderly behaviour/public order

13

7

45

34

31

14

Drug offences

3

Murder

1

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for further armed forces recruitment drives aimed at the Muslim community. (117173)

[holding answer 22 January 2007]: The armed forces strive to engage ethnic minority groups, including those in the Muslim community, to raise awareness of armed forces’ careers and to improve representation of the Muslim community in the ranks. Within this effort the services undertake a wide variety of outreach initiatives specifically aimed at encouraging more young people from the Muslim community to consider a career in the armed forces. These activities are undertaken at local level by dedicated recruitment teams or by service establishments based in or near the community. Examples include:

On 20 January, the Royal Navy's (RN) Diversity Action Team invited a group of young people from the Small Heath area of Birmingham to take part in an RN Introduction Day. The Team has been working with a sub branch of the UK Islamic Mission called the Urban Development Foundation as part of a five month ethnic minority recruiting drive focusing on the Small Heath and Handsworth area of the city.

The Army’s participation in Eid celebrations in Bradford and Nottingham and a visit to an East London Muslim community and Mosque.

The RAF’s work with the Pakistani community in Leeds.

The armed forces have for the past three years sponsored an award at the annual Muslim News Awards and will again sponsor this year’s awards.

On 16 January 2007, the Chief of the Defence staff met Dr. Abdul Bari, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to discuss a series of issues relating to Muslims in the armed forces. In that same week the Second Sea Lord hosted members of the MCB and the editor of The Muslim Weekly on a visit to Plymouth.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from Northern Ireland are serving in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq. (110272)

Data on the residential location of armed forces personnel is not held centrally in databases of individual records and it is therefore not possible to give figures by place of residence.

Location statistics may be compiled based on posted location or deployed location. Posted location is where an individual is permanently based. Deployed location is where an individual is physically located at a particular point in time and is typically used for short tours of duty. Deployment data are not centrally held.

The number of regular armed forces personnel posted to Afghanistan is available in Tri Service Publication 6, “Global Location of UK Regular Forces” (TSP 6). Copies are available in the House of Commons Library and are also at:

www.dasa.mod.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected expenditure on pay is for all army (a) officers and (b) other ranks in 2006-07. (113750)

The total expenditure, to the end of November 2006, on army pay for officers was £471 million and other ranks £1,563 million. We expect the expenditure for the remainder of the financial year to be consistent with the costs incurred to date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 605W, on army recruitment, what the outflow was from the Regular Army for each of the last 12 months broken down by (a) rank of officer and (b) other ranks. (114632)

The following tables show the outflow to civil life of trained and untrained Regular Army officers and other ranks by rank for each of the last 12 months:

Officers

During

Major General and above

Brigadier

Colonel

1Lieutenant Colonel

Major

Captain

2Lieutenant

Officer Designate

Total

November 2005

10

30

10

10

70

December 2005

10

10

20

30

10

70

January 2006

10

10

30

20

20

90

February 2006

10

20

20

60

March 2006

10

10

10

20

10

60

April 2006

20

40

50

30

160

May 2006

10

30

40

80

June 2006

10

20

80

30

10

10

160

July 2006

10

40

40

20

110

August 2006

10

40

40

10

20

120

September 2006

10

20

40

40

20

10

130

October 2006

20

40

30

10

100

Total

10

20

50

160

410

380

70

120

1,220

1 Includes Lieutenant Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel Special List

2 Includes Lieutenant and 2nd Lieutenant

“—“ represents zero or rounded to zero.

Soldiers

During

Warrant Officer Class 1

Warrant Officer Class 2

Staff Sergeant

Sergeant

Corporal

Lance Corporal

Private

Total

November 2005

20

50

60

60

110

140

620

1,060

December 2005

20

60

40

40

70

110

550

880

January 2006

40

60

70

80

140

160

650

1,200

February 2006

20

50

50

70

120

150

660

1,130

March 2006

20

60

50

80

110

130

600

1,050

April 2006

40

60

60

<>0

110

140

680

1,160

May 2006

20

60

40

60

110

130

720

1,150

June 2006

30

50

40

60

100

160

730

1,170

July 2006

40

50

60

60

110

120

660

1,100

August 2006

30

50

60

70

100

150

650

1,120

September 2006

40

40

50

70

100

160

650

1,110

October 2006

30

50

40

60

110

120

820

1,230

Total

340

650

620

780

1,290

1,680

7,990

13,350

Notes:

Figures show all outflow from UK Regular Army Forces to Civil Life including recalled reservists on release and outflow to the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment. The figures exclude outflow of Illegal Absentees i.e. those personnel removed from the reported strength of the Army having been deemed long-term illegally absent. Therefore these figures will differ slightly from those published in some official statistics i.e. Tri Service Publication 1.

UK Regular Forces includes Nursing services and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

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.