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Armed Forces: Cadets

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many young people are members of cadet contingents attached to HM Forces in (a) Northumberland, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) County Durham and (d) Cleveland. (201037)

There are cadet contingents which are affiliated to all of the four MOD sponsored cadet forces in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Cleveland. Cadet forces are not attached to HM Forces. The numbers of young people in the cadet forces in the respective counties are as follows:

Northumberland

County Durham

Tyne and Wear

Cleveland

Combined Cadet Force

0

285

115

40

Sea Cadet Corps

196

0

123

112

Army Cadet Force

680

858

821

Air Training Corps

1,098

260

Cadet forces are not all organised on current regional government lines; numbers above are broken down as closely as possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources will be made available to establish combined cadet forces in state schools. (207232)

The MOD is working closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families to develop costed plans for increasing the number of cadet force units in state schools. It is too early to say how much this will be.

The scale of these plans will be predicated on the willingness of schools to take part and the availability of sufficient suitable adult volunteers prepared to commit their time and energy to this worthwhile activity. We must also ensure that any further expansion is properly resourced so as not to dilute the value of the cadet experience to the 97,000 state school pupils that currently take part in the Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he has had and (b) he plans to have with the National Union of Teachers on the establishment of combined cadet forces in state schools. (207233)

Defence Ministers have not met, nor have any current plans to meet, with the National Union of Teachers to discuss establishing Combined Cadet Force units within State Schools.

The Department is working closely with Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) on ways of improving awareness of, and access to, cadet activity for state school pupils. While the DCSF is supportive of activities that help children and young people understand the role of the armed forces it is for head teachers to determine whether to invite cadet forces into their schools.