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Armed Forces: Bullying

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of bullying within the Armed Forces have been reported in the last 24 months, broken down by armed service. (244962)

Data on bullying are collected bi-annually with the last six-monthly period currently available being up to 30 September 2008. The following figures therefore cover the period 30 September 2006 to 30 September 2008. They cover both formal and informal complaints. These figures are gross totals and do not distinguish between complaints that were upheld or not upheld.

The total number of formal complaints was 156 (Royal Navy 30, Army 58, RAF 68).

The total number of informal complaints was 322 (Royal Navy 132, Army 88, RAF 102).