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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.
As part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announcement on
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:
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.