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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who joined the armed forces since 1997 were from (a) England, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (296392)

The following table shows the number of officers and other ranks who have joined the regular armed forces by applying through their local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO). Information for Teesside is not available but data are provided for the AFCOs in Middlesbrough and Newcastle. However, these figures do not provide a comprehensive picture because it does not guarantee that all recruits were born or live in that particular area. For example, some recruits may have been at university and so used the most conveniently located AFCO.

England

Middlesbrough

Newcastle

Royal Navy

2003-04

3,139

87

148

2004-05

2,953

79

155

2005-06

3,227

90

162

2006-07

3,220

81

153

2007-08

3,314

68

143

2008-09

3,573

92

165

Army

1997-98

9,528

391

408

1998-99

10,804

396

430

1999-2000

10,424

344

323

2000-01

9,716

270

244

2001-02

10,013

211

211

2002-03

10,967

374

265

2003-04

9,989

295

237

2004-05

7,637

189

177

2005-06

8,621

212

136

2006-07

9,624

191

216

2007-08

9,584

159

152

2008-09

10,358

139

190

Royal Air Force (RAF)

2003-04

4,406

165

131

2004-05

2,459

71

65

2005-06

1,340

51

45

2006-07

1,611

52

42

2007-08

2,598

77

102

2008-09

3,687

154

167

As shown in the table, no information is available for earlier years for Royal Navy and RAF as these data are not held in the requested format.