Armed Forces: Officers

Defence written question – answered on 17th October 2012.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Conservative, Wyre and Preston North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2012, Official Report, on infantry officers, what calculations his Department made in reaching the decision that the information could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

holding answer 15 October 2012

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 17 September 2012, Hansard, column 454W. The Ministry of Defence does not hold centrally information relating to the numbers of infantry officers who have left the Army within two years of commanding their regiments. Complete information could only be produced by undertaking a manual comparison of Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system records since 2007 with separately held appointment board records. It was assessed that this bespoke work would have taken one person in excess of four days.

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