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Territorial Army: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the required saving for the Territorial Army of £2.5 million in each of the next two financial years will be achieved, broken down by activity. (187181)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my predecessor gave him on 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1769W, which set out the measures being taken in order to deliver the required £2.5 million funding reduction for the Territorial Army over the course of the current and next financial years. The effect of these measures was to be felt in three broad areas; capability, personnel and activities, including recruiting.

It was made clear that those TA units identified as not making a significant contribution to current operations would be directed to manage their recruiting so as to prevent their unit size from exceeding agreed levels. This element of the measures will be applied only in financial year 2007-08. I wrote to those hon. Members in whose constituencies the affected TA units are located in August 2007 informing them of this decision. This does not represent a change to TA recruiting policy.