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Military Bands

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many official engagements have been undertaken by (a) military and (b) naval bands since 1997. (207259)

The number of official engagements for Regular Army bands has been recorded centrally from 2004 onwards and is shown in the following table:

Number of engagements

2004

3,848

2005

3,688

2006

12,653

2007

4,980

2008

25,200

1 Incomplete data. 2 Forecast of planned engagements for the current year.

It is not possible to provide details of how many official engagements have been undertaken by Territorial Army bands as there are no centralised records held.

On average, the Royal Marine Band Service has performed 1,300 official engagements annually since 1997.