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Armed Forces: Army Cadet Force

Volume 717: debated on Monday 8 February 2010

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the Army Cadet Force to communities. [HL1719]

The Army Cadet Force contributes to communities in a variety of ways. The main benefit is citizenship training for young people, who learn the core values of self discipline, respect for others and team work.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent reduction in expenditure on the Army Cadet Force on (a) their youth policy, (b) their youth projects, and (c) recruitment to the armed forces. [HL1720]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on instructor retention of the recent reduction in expenditure on the Army Cadet Force, and any consequent reduction in instructors' paid training days and annual and weekend camps. [HL1721]

There is no evidence to suggest that significant numbers of instructors have left the Army Cadet Force because of the temporary restrictions on activity levels this year, although the Army is continuing to monitor the situation.

Being an organisation run by volunteers, there is always a high turnover of adult instructors', but numbers have been growing steadily in recent years.

In the same way, cadet activity levels have continued, albeit in some areas at a reduced rate. The majority of annual camps will not have been affected, as they occur over the summer. On this basis we believe the impact on youth policies and projects of these restrictions has been minimal.