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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited to (a) Phase One, (b) Phase Two and (c) Phase Three under the Army Recruiting and Training Division Statement of Training Requirement draft Man Plan in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (138744)

The available information is set out in the following table.

Input to phase 1

Input to phase 2

Output from phase 3

2002-03

15,180

9,190

n/a

2003-04

13,940

8,610

45,350

2004-05

10,300

6,410

43,840

2005-06

8,950

6,540

45,860

2006-07

13,080

6,520

50,690

n/a = Not available.

Data is not held centrally on those entering phase 3 training, only on those completing phase 3 training.

Statistics have been rounded to the nearest 10, the numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of those due to report for Army Recruiting and Training Division courses at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon failed to do so in the last period for which figures are available; for what reasons officers failed to report for this training; and if he will make a statement. (138746)

The information is provided in the following table:

Course attendance at the Infantry Battle School, Brecon in 2006-07

Course

Course capacity

Number loaded on to course

Number of non-attendees

Non-attendees as percentage of those loaded

Attendance as percentage of capacity

Section Commander's Battle Course

960

990

126

13

90

Platoon Sergeant's Battle Course

540

603

55

10

101

Platoon Commander's Battle Course

240

220

10

4

88

Notes:

1. The number loaded onto any course may be higher than the course capacity to allow for circumstances that might prevent an individual attending. These reasons will include such things as illness, injury and operational deployments.

2. Courses are run in two phases, and the numbers shown are the total for both phases.

Information on the reasons for non-attendance is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.