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Territorial Army

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to meet the training requirements of the Territorial Army and the cadet forces; and if he will make a statement. (296696)

As we announced on 28 October, £20 million of new money from the Treasury has been ring-fenced for Territorial Army training.

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate the Chief of the General Staff has made of the Territorial Army retention rate from 1 April 2010. (296697)

The Army were of course aware that the six-month reduction in training they proposed might impact on retention. They believed they could manage this risk. None the less having listened to the strength of feeling on this issue, I decided that training should recommence as soon as possible.

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Territorial Army. (296701)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave earlier today to the hon. Members for Ludlow (Mr. Dunne), Norwich, North (Chloe Smith) and Croydon, South (Richard Ottaway).

22. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on operational manpower levels of proposed reductions to Territorial Army training. (296703)

As we announced on 28 October, £20 million of new money from the Treasury has been ring-fenced for Territorial Army training. We have consistently made clear that TA members deploying on operations will get all the training that the Army considers appropriate and necessary.

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future deployment of the Territorial Army. (296705)

Operational requirements and force levels, Regular and Reservist, are kept under constant review. All Territorial Army personnel who are mobilised for operations will be appropriately trained before they deploy.