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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pinch point trades there were in each service in each year since 2003. (230168)

The inclusion of a trade on the pinch point register is subjective. There are a variety of factors, not of all which reflect a manning shortfall that will determine the inclusion of a trade. Single services review their list quarterly. Recent improvements in the analysis of problem trades has narrowed the focus on trades to specific rank ranges or has sub-divided a trade in order to better focus resources at the problem. This has led in part to the gradual rise in the number of pinch points. For example Merlin Aircrew has now been sub-divided into Merlin pilots, Observers and Aircrewman. By narrowing the focus into rank areas such as Infantry Pte-LCpl resources are better focused and the impact more apparent.

RN

Army

RAF

2003-04

10

26

19

2004-05

12

25

23

2005-06

12

24

21

2006-07

11

27

14

2007-08

20

30

25