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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) how many of the employees of his Department who will be made redundant in his Department's planned programme of redundancies are (a) front line combat personnel and (b) logistics personnel;
(2) what proportion of employees of his Department who will be made redundant in his Department's planned programme of redundancies are female.
The Strategic Defence and Security Review set a savings target equivalent to a reduction in the civilian work force of 25,000, and a reduction of 17,000 posts in the regular armed forces by
For the civilian work force, allowing for the effects of normal staff turnover and the current civil service recruitment restrictions, it was estimated that the Department would need to agree some 15,500 paid releases between
The armed forces redundancy programme is still in its early stages. Gender is not a factor and all service personnel are eligible for service on front-line operations provided that they are medically fit to do so, and could be considered for redundancy.
Following the recently completed first tranche of redundancies, Defence Analytical Service and Advice (DASA) has recently produced a statistical report on the programme. This lists those individuals selected for redundancy by categories including trade and gender. Some 10% are female. The full report can be found on the Ministry of Defence website at: