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Armed Forces: Religion

Volume 490: debated on Friday 27 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military chaplains there were in each of the armed services in each of the last five years. (266933)

The following table provides the number of military chaplains in each of the armed services as at 1 April for each of the last five years:

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Naval Service

70

70

70

70

160

Army

150

150

150

1150

1150

Royal Air Force

80

80

70

70

160

1 Provisional

Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, Army strength statistics from 1 April 2007, and Naval Service and RAF strength statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.