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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) target and (b) actual voluntary outflow rate for (i) officers and (ii) other ranks in each service was in the latest period for which figures are available. (200937)

The Department does not set targets for the maximum number of people that leave early (Voluntary Outflow).

Voluntary exit rates broken down by officers and other ranks can be found in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 5—Trained Outflow to Civil Life. Monthly figures show the number of personnel who have outflowed in the previous 12 month period. TSP 5 is published monthly. The most recent publication presents outflow for the 12 months to February 2008 and can be found at

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tsp5/tsp5tab5.html

Copies of TSP 5 are available in the Library of the House and are also at

www.dasa.mod.uk

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were employed by each of the armed forces in the last year for which records are available. (201005)

Information on the number of service personnel employed by each of the armed forces is published in Tri-Service Publication 1, "Strength, Intake and Outflow of UK Regular Forces" (TSP 1). Copies are available in the Library of the House and also at:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tspl/gender.html

The latest available data published in TSP 1 is as at 1 March 2008. TSP 1 is a monthly publication, previous copies of which can be found at www.dasa.mod.uk. The next edition of TSP 1 is due to be released on 22 May 2008 and this will contain figures as at 1 April 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of unit welfare officers is. (201019)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1646W, to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey).