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Defence: Employment

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in (a) Devon and (b) Cornwall are employed in the defence sector. (273590)

The latest available figures for the numbers of MOD civilian and service personnel who are directly employed at MOD establishments or bases located in Devon, Cornwall and the unitary authority of Plymouth are provided in the following table.

All MOD service personnel

MOD civilian personnel

Total

South West

38,880

17,600

56,480

Of which:

Plymouth

7,380

1,200

8,580

Devon

4,120

410

4,530

Cornwall

3,650

630

4,280

The Ministry of Defence does not produce estimates at county or unitary authority level for the number of people employed in UK industry and commerce in companies that receive contracts directly from MOD or in the supply chain supporting such contracts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in the South West of England work in the defence sector. (273591)

The latest available estimate for those people employed directly in industry and commerce in the South West of England in those companies that receive contracts directly from MOD is approximately 37,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

It is not possible to prepare estimates for indirect employment due to the quality of the underlying administrative data, so this could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

In addition a further 17,600 civilian and 38,880 service personnel are directly employed at MOD establishments or bases located in the South West.