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Armed Forces: Desertion

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces reported absent without leave between January 2004 and October 2007 were (a) male and (b) female. (165798)

The breakdown of male and female personnel reported absent without leave between January 2004 and October 2007 for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Army is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The number of Royal Navy personnel broken down into male and female who have been reported absent without leave between January 2004 and October 2007 is shown in the following table:

Male

Female

Total

2004

174

10

184

2005

180

16

196

2006

148

9

157

2007 to 31 October

108

7

115

Total

610

42

652