Reserve Forces

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether commissioned members of the volunteer reserve forces will enjoy an unfair advantage over those who are not commissioned, since they do not have to re-engage regularly and thus inform their employers of their membership.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

Reservists who do not routinely re-engage, such as commissioned officers, will be obliged to notify their employer of their membership of the volunteer reserve forces at the earliest opportunity before 31 March 2005. After that date notification will be compulsory unless an exemption or waiver is granted. Failure to comply will be regarded as being incompatible with continued membership of the Volunteer Reserve Forces.

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