Territorial Army: Rebalancing

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:02 pm on 23rd March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Freeman Lord Freeman Conservative 2:02 pm, 23rd March 2006

My Lords, I declare an interest as president of the United Kingdom Council of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. Both the uniformed and the civilian members of the TA will implement this rebalancing—it is not a reduction exercise—with every effort. Will the Minister please reflect to the general staff that we still have a great problem in officer recruitment and retention? In this rebalancing exercise, one way in which that will be ameliorated is if units that train together—officers, NCOs and soldiers—go to war together. We do not want trickle posting to be routine. We would like sub-units, or formed units, to go on active service abroad. If the Minister would convey that, I would be grateful.