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Defence

Volume 590: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2015

Reservists

The following is an extract from Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence on 12 January 2015.

Last year, the number of Britain’s reservists rose by just 20. Given the millions thrown at the recruitment campaign, how is that a triumph?

The tri-service numbers of reservists over the past six months were up 400. The fact is that after 15 years of continuous quarter-on-quarter decline, they are now going up again. As I mentioned earlier, in the last quarter announced, recruiting was running at double the rate that it was in the equivalent period last year.

[Official Report, 12 January 2015, Vol. 590, c. 597.]

Letter of correction from Mr Brazier:

An error has been identified in the response I gave to the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (John Cryer) during Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence.

The correct response should have been:

The tri-service numbers of reservists over the past 12 months were up 400. The fact is that after 15 years of continuous quarter-on-quarter decline, they are now going up again. As I mentioned earlier, in the last quarter announced, recruiting was running at double the rate that it was in the equivalent period last year.