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Princess Royal Barracks

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) each board of inquiry and service inquiry into the deaths at Deepcut Barracks of (i) Private Sean Benton, (ii) Private Cheryl James, (iii) Private Geoff Gray and (iv) Private James Collinson and (b) each recall service inquiry into the deaths of Private Gray and Private Collinson cost, broken down by each category of cost, including transport and expenses. (243366)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) number of sitting hours and (b) duration was of (i) each board of inquiry and service inquiry into the deaths at Deepcut Barracks of (A) Private Sean Benton, (B) Private Cheryl James, (C) Private Geoff Gray and (D) Private James Collinson and (ii) each recalled service inquiry into the deaths of Private Gray and Private Collinson. (243367)

In the case of the Private Gray Board of Inquiry (BOI), the board took evidence over 20 days; and the reconvened board took evidence over one day. In the case of the Private Collinson BOI, the board took evidence over six days; and the reconvened board took evidence over one day. In neither case were the number of sitting hours recorded.

We do not hold information on the duration of the BOIs into the deaths of Privates Benton or James.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) witnesses were called and (b) statements were considered at (i) each board of inquiry and service inquiry into the deaths at Deepcut Barracks of (A) Private Sean Benton, (B) Private Cheryl James, (C) Private Geoff Gray and (D) Private James Collinson and (ii) each recalled service inquiry into the deaths of Private Gray and Private Collinson. (243368)

10 witnesses gave oral evidence to the Private Benton Board of Inquiry (BOI) and three additional statements were considered by the board.

11 witnesses gave oral evidence to the Private James BOI and nine additional statements were considered by the board.

35 witnesses gave oral evidence to the Private Gray BOI and two additional statements were considered by the board. One witness was recalled by the reconvened board.

14 witnesses gave oral evidence to the Private Collinson BOI and one additional statement was considered by the board. One witness was recalled by the reconvened board.