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Defence Dental Services

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Defence dental service officers were based (a) in the UK and (b) abroad, including those deployed on operations, in each of the last five years. (132623)

The numbers of Defence dental service officers are shown in the following table, as at 1 April in the year stated:

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

UK

Military

218

198

198

198

200

Civilian

42

42

42

42

42

Abroad

Military

52

52

52

52

50

Civilian

11

11

11

11

11

No civilian dental practitioners are deployed on operations. The uniformed Defence Dental Service Officers deployed on operations are drawn from the total cadre based in the UK and abroad as shown above. The numbers deployed on operations overseas in each calendar year were:

Operations

2002

12

2003

44

2004

36

2005

36

2006

48