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Reserve Forces

Defence written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what plans he has to engage with interested parties in his review of the reserve forces;

(2) what considerations he gave to synchronising his Department's review of the reserve forces with the Strategic Defence and Security Review;

(3) what progress his Department has made on its review of the reserve forces; and on what date the report of the review is to be published.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announcement on 19 October 2010, the Prime Minister commissioned a six month study into the future role and structure of the Reserves to ensure the most efficient use of Reservists to meet the UK's operational requirements for future conflict. The need for the review flows directly from and forms part of the SDSR.

The Study is governed by a Reserves Steering Group, led by the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, supported by Mr Brazier. It incorporates representation from the single Service Chiefs, the key Ministry of Defence principals, Defence's senior Reservist officer (Major General Greg Smith), the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association and the National Employers' Advisory Board.

Throughout, the progress, key decisions and their likely impacts will be communicated widely to the defence community and interested stakeholders, via Defence Internal Briefs and publication of information on the Defence website:

www.mod.uk/reserves

A copy of the terms of reference for the Future Reserves 2020 study, which includes the timetable for the study, was placed in the Library of the House in December 2010. I can confirm that the Future Reserves 2020 Study is to conclude in the summer.

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