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Cadets: Armed Forces

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his proposals for cadet forces will involve changes in the level of funding for existing combined cadet forces (CCF) units in schools; what estimate he has made of CCF funding per CCF member in (a) 1997, (b) 2000, (c) 2007 and (d) 2010; and if he will make a statement. (200528)

I have been asked to reply.

Cadet Forces, where affiliated to the MOD, are wholly funded by a combination of MOD resources and charitable funding raised by the Cadet Forces’ own endeavours. The present funding for the current MOD affiliated membership will not be affected by any initiative from the Department for Children, Schools and Families. CCF funding per CCF member is summarised in the following table:

Number of CCF Cadets

Funding per Cadet (£)

2000

40,551

328

2007

42,593

312

Note: The change in funding is as the result of efficiency gains over the past three years such as improved property management.

The number of CCF members in 1997 is not known. Funding for 2010 is not yet allocated, nor has the number of likely Cadets been estimated.

Our aspiration, shared by our colleagues in the DCSF, is to increase the opportunity for as many young people as possible, from all backgrounds, to experience the benefits of the Cadet experience.