Army Continuous Attitude Survey

Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of respondents to Question 39C in the Army Continuous Attitude Survey, September to December 2005 were (a) positive, (b) neutral and (c) negative on the matter.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

In carrying out further analysis of Question 39c, an error was discovered in the analysis of the number of comments made by respondents which was used in my answer of 5 July 2006, Hansard, column 1352W. I apologise for this error. For the record, I have issued a correction with the answer to this Parliamentary Question. The analysis of Question 39c is summarised as follows together with revised tables on the number and types of comments. Overall, a total of 90 Officers and 252 Soldiers commented on Question 39c, which equates to 8 per cent. and 16 per cent. respectively of those who responded to the questionnaire.

The numbers of respondents who made positive, neutral or negative comments, or comments that included a mix of all three are given in the following table.

Total comments
Positive Neutral Negative Combined
Total respondents Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Officers 90 17 19 3 3 53 59 17 19
Soldiers 252 62 25 10 4 157 62 23 9
Total 342 79 23 13 4 210 61 40 12

Some respondents made more than one comment and the following tables give a breakdown of the comments. This corrects my answer of 5 July. The first table gives a breakdown of whether each of the comments was positive, negative or neutral.

Positive Neutral Negative
Total comments Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Officers 129 34 26 7 5 88 68
Soldiers 350 85 24 14 4 251 72
Total 479 119 25 21 4 339 71

This table gives a breakdown of the total number of negative comments made by category:

Number of comments
Category Officers Soldiers
1. Stigma attached to complaining 8 13
2. Pressure not to complain 3 7
3. Fear of further victimisation/bad reaction from person responsible for unfair treatment 4 22
4. Would have made the situation worse 7 26
5. Do not know/did not know what to do 3 10
6. Pointless—nothing changes 22 54
7. Did not feel the need to/could not be bothered to complain 5 22
8. Part of Army life 5 7
9. Lack of trust in the system 2 25
10. Leaving soon or moving jobs (respondent or person responsible for unfair treatment) 0 7
11. Currently being dealt with 2 1
12. Effect on career prospects 7 14
13. Dealt with in-house/informal complaint made 0 1
14. Not suffered any unfair treatment 0 0
15. General comments about unfair treatment suffered/suffering (no mention of complaint) 17 40
16. Other (any comments that do not fit the above categories) 3 2

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