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Territorial Army

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made for reservists from 33, 34 and 35 Signal regiments of the Territorial Army to continue their duties after the disbanding of their regiment. (281695)

The Consultation Document given to the chain of command and the Trades Unions on 1 June states that:

“Territorial Army [TA] personnel from a unit/sub-unit that are not to be absorbed into the new order of battle are to be regarded as surplus to establishment and are to be subject to the following provisos:

(a) TA volunteers will not be surplus to the overall TA manning liability and every effort will be made to find alternative employment and arrange for voluntary transfers.

(b) Where candidates for transfer exceed demand, open competition will be conducted by a review board with some limited opportunities for overbearing.

(c) Candidates who are not selected for transfer or for whom there is no suitable alternative employment, are to be offered the opportunity to transfer to the 'Un-posted List'.”

No final decisions have been taken on which individual units will be affected by the changes. However, we are committed to supporting all our personnel through this restructuring, which is to be completed by 31 March 2010.