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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruitment training courses were either cancelled or postponed in each of the last three years; and how many recruits were affected. (245117)

Overall some courses were cancelled or postponed but all entrants were trained without undue delay. The information available for each service is:

Navy

Over the course of the last three financial years, four Royal Marine other ranks initial training courses have been cancelled; this was primarily due to the lack of recruits to fill allocated places. In all, some 120 trainees were affected as their entry to CTCRM was delayed by two weeks. No other Naval Service initial training courses were cancelled or postponed in that time.

Army

Over the last three financial years 12 infantry platoons did not form up due to insufficient trainees and five courses at the Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn were cancelled. Further courses were run with reduced numbers due to trainers not being available. In total 1,197 training places were affected. Planning has ensured that no recruits were affected.

RAF

In total, seven initial training courses have been cancelled over the last three years: six in FY2006-07; and one in FY2007-08. No recruits were affected, as the courses were cancelled before any recruits were allocated places.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on recruitment advertising for each of the armed forces in each month in each year since 1998. (248668)

A monthly breakdown of advertising expenditure is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, a detailed breakdown of armed forces recruitment advertising costs by year for each service is provided in the following table.

£ million

FY

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Naval Service1

Press Advertising

0.333

0.213

0.157

0.172

0.093

TV

0.399

3.136

2.952

1.529

3.905

1.771

Cinema

1.600

0.641

0.481

0.870

1.025

Radio

1.330

1.475

0.689

Posters/Leaflets

0.464

0.055

0.057

0.500

0.138

Internet

0.257

0.445

0.257

1.741

1.100

1.144

Regional/Local

1.076

0.496

0.500

0.500

Media Partnerships

0.215

Total

4.383

5.965

5.188

4.419

6.968

4.793

Army2

Press Advertising

0.379

0.620

1.443

0.723

1.100

1.272

TV

4.138

10.407

10.896

6.877

9.229

10.778

Cinema

0.060

Radio

1.501

0.695

0.800

0.479

Internet

0.143

0.143

0.600

0.210

Outdoor

0.735

0.735

0.600

0.037

Other

0.029

1.017

0.956

1.000

1,222

Total

4.546

11.087

15.735

10.129

13.329

14.000

Royal Air Force3

Press Advertising

0.350

0.308

0.221

0.725

0.694

1.040

TV

1.780

1.718

1.362

1.468

2.527

3.061

Cinema

0.235

0.600

Radio

0.560

0.195

0.206

0.465

0.495

0.697

Internet

0.202

0.229

0.251

0.635

0.636

3.240

Other

0.238

0.518

4-0.084

1.051

0.271

0.384

Total

3.130

2.968

1.956

4344

4.858

9.022

1 Navy figures for FY 2008-09 represent a projected forecast of expenditure.

2 Army figures for FY 2008-09 represent money spent or already committed and are not speculative.

3 RAF FY 2008-09 figures are current up to the 14 January 2009.

4 Rebate from Central Office of Information.