Infantry Manning

Defence written question – answered on 4th April 2005.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour/Co-operative, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) if he will publish the recent reports of the Director of Infantry's study for the Army Board on Infantry Manning;

(2) if he will publish all recent papers for the Executive Committee of the Army Board.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

holding answer 13 January 2005

I am withholding the documents in question since releasing the papers would prejudice the effective formulation of government policy, on the basis that it would discourage the consideration of the full range of options thereby interfering with the effective conduct of business.

In arriving at this judgment, I have weighed carefully the public interest in disclosure against the harm that Iassess would result from doing so. I have also taken into account the full description of the Government's decisions which have already been provided to Parliament.

However, I am making an exception with the statistical information about manning levels which informed ECAB's consideration of how the reduction by four battalions should be effected. Copies of this will be placed in the Library of the House.

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