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Armed Forces: Training

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tactical training areas there are in the West Yorkshire region. (306956)

The term “tactical training area” is not recognised by the Ministry of Defence. However the term air tactical training is recognised and refers to the three areas of the UK where operational low flying is permitted.

There are no air tactical training areas in West Yorkshire.

There are however three training areas in the West Yorkshire area (Ellingham Banks, Laver Banks and Ripon Parks) which are primarily used for low level dry training which does not involve live ammunition.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Officer Training Corps joined (a) the regular army and (b) the Territorial Army in 2008; and what percentage of the establishment of the corps this represented in each case. (307271)

In 2008, 271 members of the Officer Training Corps joined the Regular Army Commissioning Courses at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; 86 members of the Officer Training Corps joined the Territorial Army Commissioning Courses at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; and 129 members of the Officer Training Corps enlisted as soldiers. These numbers equate to, respectively, 9 per cent., 2.9 per cent. and 4.4 per cent. of the overall establishment of the Corps. In total, just under 50 per cent. of those leaving the Corps as graduates in 2008 went on to embark on a career in the Army.