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Young People

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what proportion of these were given time off work to undertake some form of training; and what proportion were provided with some form of training (i) wholly and (ii) partially funded by his Department. (171272)

The following table shows strengths of civilian personnel1 aged between 16 and 18 at 1 April each year.

1 Includes industrial and non-industrial personnel and trading funds, and excludes Royal Fleet Auxiliaries and locally engaged civilians.

Headcount

Ages 16 to 18

Total strength

1998

770

110,800

1999

830

107,890

2000

810

106,210

2001

710

104,720

2002

600

95,870

2003

490

93,550

2004

410

93,330

2005

370

92,470

2006

350

88,660

2007

260

83,930

Source:

DASA (Quad-service)

These numbers cannot be broken down by those employed directly and those employed through an employment agency, as this is not held centrally.

The proportion given time off work to undertake training funded by the MOD is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, all those entitled to day release would have been entitled to the following assistance:

All fees, including those for examinations, for day classes, for evening classes or for block release courses in lieu of classes and relevant text book costs would be paid for by MOD;

Time off in lieu may be taken to compensate for classes undertaken at evenings or weekends.