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Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people applied for service in the Gurkhas in each of the last three years; and what the average selection time was. (146957)

Approximately 10,000 young men in Nepal applied to join the British Army as Gurkhas in 2004, with 15,000 applying in 2005 and 2006 respectively. The average selection time takes about 50 days.