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Armed Forces: Bomb Disposal

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many specialist bomb disposal staff were trained in the armed forces in each of the last three years. (320283)

Specialist bomb disposal operators are highly skilled officers and senior non-commissioned officers of all three services that are trained to lead bomb disposal teams. The following table provides information on the number who have qualified as Conventional Munitions Disposal and/or Joint Service Improvised Explosive Device Disposal, and/or High Threat Improvised Explosive Device Disposal operators. As a result some personnel will have been recorded more than once.

Training year

Total

2007-08

101

2008-09

101

2009 to date

100

To determine those personnel who have completed just a single course would require a manual search of records and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.