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Schools: Cadets

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) comprehensive, (b) maintained and (c) independent schools had an operational combined cadet force in (i) 2005, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009. (296104)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of state and independent schools that had an operational combined cadet force in the years requested is shown in the table:

State schools

Independent schools

2005

53

197

2007

60

200

2008

60

201

2009

59

201

These figures do not include membership in the community cadet forces. When these are taken in to consideration over 100,000 of the total of around 130,000 cadets, are children at state schools.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) comprehensive school and (b) maintained school pupils were members of their school's Combined Cadet Force in (i) 2005, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009. (296105)

I have been asked to reply.

Information is only available for state schools as a category. The number of state school pupils who were members of their school Combined Cadet Force, as at 1 April in the years requested, is as follows:

Year

Pupils

(i)

2005

6,304

(ii)

2007

6,449

(iii)

2008

7,011

(iv)

2009

7,579

In addition, there are 25 known partnerships where independent schools with Combined Cadet Forces provide cadet places to neighbouring state schools; for these partnerships it is not possible to identify the numbers of state school cadets.