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Armed Forces: Training

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the training budget for the (a) Territorial Army, (b) University Officer Training Corps and (c) Cadet Force is in 2009-10. (293152)

This year is very challenging in resource terms, and success in Afghanistan must take priority. As such the Army has directed that the Regular Forces and the reserves must focus available resources on supporting the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan, which means reducing activity levels elsewhere. The overall budget for the Territorial Army, which is inclusive of the University Officer Training Corps, has been reduced by £43 million from £139 million. The funding for the Army Cadet Force has been reduced by £4 million from £29 million.

Forecast outturn for the Air Cadet Organisation and Navy Command Cadets for the current financial year is £20.6 million and £11 million respectively

The output of the Territorial Army, University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) and Cadet Forces is focused on training and therefore all activity is either directly or indirectly attributable to planning, organising or conducting training.