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Armed Forces: Data Protection

Defence written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to standardise the data gathered in records of discharge from the armed forces.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The Service Leavers Certificate has been standardised through the implementation of the Joint Personnel Administration system (JPA). The JPA termination process is common to all three services and requires the same input from units, individuals and service manning authorities. However, the administering of discharges and the issue of associated discharge documentation differs between the three services, reflecting their individual structures and organisation.

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