Army: Redundancy

Defence written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in each (a) regiment, (b) Battalion and (c) other unit based at Merville Barracks, Colchester have been made (i) compulsorily and (ii) voluntarily redundant in the current round of job losses in HM Armed Forces.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Army operates a compulsory redundancy programme, however individuals may apply to be considered for redundancy in accordance with the scheme.

The following table shows the numbers of personnel selected for redundancy in Tranche 2 of the Army redundancy programme announced on 12 June 2012 and covers both applicants and non-applicants.

Unit Number
13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps 30
156 Provost Company, Royal Military Police *
16 Medical Regiment 5
2(nd) Battalion the Parachute Regiment *
216 Signals Squadron 5
3(rd) Battalion the Parachute Regiment 15
7(th) Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery *
Note: It is not possible to split these numbers between applicants and non-applicants for data protection reasons. In accordance with usual practice, numbers have been withheld where they are below five which is denoted by ‘*’.

It is very important to understand that the selection of an individual for redundancy does not imply that the post they occupy on the notification date is no longer required. In many instances, posts will be refilled as redundees leave. This is because individuals were selected using specific selection criteria; their posts were not selected.

In addition, service personnel move between posts and locations regularly, and the location at which they will be serving on their exit date may be different from that at which they were notified. Even where units are disestablished, sites may be reused for other purposes (such as the relocation of Army units from Germany) under Defence Transformation. For these reasons, neither the geographical distribution of notices nor the units within which individuals were serving when notified for redundancy provide a valid basis for assumptions about the location of future military posts, or the impact on local economies.

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