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Departmental Redundancy

Defence written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Opposition Whip (Commons)

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.

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

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 31 March 2015. The Department's aim is that, so far as possible, those savings will be made without recourse to compulsory redundancy.

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 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2014. Accordingly, a voluntary early release scheme was launched in February. By the end of October 2011, 2,589 individuals had left under this scheme. It is important to note that these are not redundancies.

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:

www.dasa.mod.uk and a copy has also been placed in the Library of the House.

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Posted on 30 Nov 2011 11:36 am (Report this annotation)

Dear Mrs Lyn Brown,

Yes, we should be worry on cut on front line combat personnel and logistics personnel. I also share the opinion that we need modern warfare equipment less combat personnel, more on intelligent and smart operational strategies.

In time like this Britain need to spend more on own defend, we need our military to defend in the run-up for Olympic than ever, at the time we will be hosting delegates from all over the world.

I will love if we can use all those to be made redundant to be trained as security officer, deploy to protect the Olympic site in place of private security companies.

We should limit the number of private security for the Olympic site. These companies have no experience of checking those that are treat to the national security nor have means of checking their identity.


Samuel Adeniran Dada