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Army: Manpower

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average percentage shortfall against requirement for the infantry rank of (a) private and (b) lieutenant colonel was in each year since 2003. (275225)

The available data on average percentage surplus or shortfall of privates and lieutenant colonels for the infantry are provided in the following table. Consistent infantry requirement data for 2003 and 2004 are not available at the level of detail requested.

Percentage

Financial year

Lieutenant Colonel (surplus)

Private (shortfall)

2005-06

12.7

-2.6

2006-07

10.9

-6.3

2007-08

12.5

-10.5

2008-091

13.4

-9.8

1 Based on first 11 months of the financial year.

Notes:

1. The figures are for trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, TA and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.

2. The information is based on paid rank.