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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) requirement and (b) actual number of (i) unit welfare officers and (ii) padres in each service is. (219997)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State gave on 21 April 2008 to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey).

The Royal Navy has a requirement for 70 chaplains and by the end of the financial year will have 65 in post.

The Army has a requirement for 159 chaplains and have 146 in post.

The RAF has a requirement for 76 chaplains and currently have 64 in post.