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Harmony Guidelines

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of personnel in each pinch point trade are exceeding their harmony guidelines for (a) tour intervals and (b) individual separated service in each service and trade type. (253717)

As I stated in my answer on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1521W, information on tour intervals for pinch point trades is not routinely recorded. Data on separated service can not yet be provided for Army personnel until such time as a complete cycle has been recorded and subsequently validated (January 2010).

I am, however, able to provide information on the degree to which Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel, who are in pinch point trades, breach the Single Service Harmony Guidelines and this is shown in the following table. Current individual harmony guidelines are:

The Royal Navy guidelines determine that personnel spend, on average, 60 per cent. of their time deployed and 40 per cent. alongside in their home port during a three-year period. The maximum individual threshold (separated service) is 660 days away from their normal place of work in the same three year period.

The Army guidelines determine that soldiers can be deployed for one six-month tour in every 30 months (six on, 24 off) and during that 30 month period a soldier should not expect to be away from his or her normal place of work for more than a total of 415 days.

The Royal Air Force guidelines determine that personnel should not spend more than 280 days in every 24 months away from their normal place of duty.

Trade

Percentage breaching harmony

Royal Navy operational pinch points

Lieutenant Commander XSM Command Qualified (SMCQ)

1.0

Lt XSM IWC Qualified and SQEP

1.7

Principle Warfare Officers

0.3

Joint Force Harrier—Harrier GR7 Instructors

None

Lieutenant GR7 Harrier Pilots

None

MCD/MWO Lts

None

Strategic Weapon System Junior Rates

1.8

Merlin Aircrew (Pilots)

None

Merlin Aircrew (Observers)

None

Merlin Aircrew (Aircrewmen)

none

Leading Seaman General Service Warfare

1.9

Able Rate 1 Divers

None

Lieutenant XSM Advanced Warfare Qualified

1.7

Able Rate 1 (Seaman)

3.9

Able Rate 1 Warfare Specialist

0.9

Able Rate 1 Communications and Information Systems

0.6

Leading Aircraft Controllers

None

Royal Marine Pte-Cpl

0.6

Able Rate Warfare Specialist Sensor SM

0.2

Sea King and Lynx Avionics Supervisors (LAET)

None

Cat A2 Nuclear Watch Keepers

1.9

Cat B Nuclear Watch Keepers

2.5

LLogs (CS)(Chef)

3.5

Logs(CS)(Chef)

1.9

LLogs (Pers)

None

Logs(Pers)

None

Leading Seaman Mine Warfare

None

Able Rate Warfare Specialist Tactical SM

1.8

Royal Air Force operational pinch points

Pilot (Junior Officer)

6.2

Flying Branch (Career Stream) (Senior Officer)

Not available

Operations Support (Intelligence)

7.3

Operations Support (Regiment)

15.9

Operations Support (Flight Operations)

8.3

Medical

18.6

Med Nursing Officer (formerly Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service)

10.3

Weapons System Operator (Crewman)

3.2

Weapons System Operator (Linguist)

15.7

Mechanical Transport Technician

7.8

Firefighter

9.3

Gunner

18.4

Air Traffic Controller (ATC)

2.9

Flight Operations Manager (FOM)/Flight Operations Assistant (FOA)

4.1

Logistics (Mover) (formerly Movements Operator/Controller)

7.4

Royal Air Force manning pinch points

Weapon Systems Operator (Junior Officer)

5.3

Operations Support (Aerospace Battle Manager) (Formerly Fighter Controller)

5.7

Operations Support (Air Traffic Control)

7.4

Personnel (Support) (Formerly Admin Sec)

9.9

Personnel (Training) (Formerly Admin Training)

14.3

Chaplains

10.8

Dental

0.0

Aircraft Technician (Mechanical)

2.8

Aircraft Technician (Avionics)

3.5

General Technician (Electrical)

2.9

General Technician (Mechanical)

4.9

Intelligence (Analyst)

2.8

Survival Equipment Fitter

5.7

Biomedical Scientist (Formerly Lab Tech)

0.0

Dental Nurse

6.3

Musician

2.6