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Armed Forces: Wales

Defence written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving members of the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army have asked for voluntary early release, at each base located in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The information is not held in the format requested. However, statistics on the number of Army personnel who have applied for redundancy under Tranche 3 will be available shortly. Information on the armed forces redundancy programme is published by Defence Statistics and is available from their website at:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/applications/newWeb/www/index.php?page=48&pubType=0&thiscontent=5100&Publish Time=09:30:00&date=2010-08-24&disText=Tranche2& from=listing&topDate=2012-08-24

The information published is not broken down by location. I will write to the hon. Member with the breakdown by local authority.

Service personnel who applied for redundancy under Tranches 1 and 2 have already left the Department.

The selection of an individual for redundancy cannot be assumed to imply that the post they occupy on the date of notification is no longer required and as such the geographical distribution of redundancy notices is not a valid basis for assumptions about the future distribution of military posts.

Substantive answer from Mark Francois to Madeleine Moon:

In my answer of 10 July (Official Report, column 266W) I said I would write in response to your parliamentary question 163828 on the number of Armed Forces personnel who volunteered for redundancy from bases in Wales.

The table shows the number of voluntary redundancy applications under Tranche 3 by Army Service personnel based in Wales, broken down by Local Authority area.

Local Authority Area Number of Personnel Who Volunteered for Redundancy
Blaenau Gwent (1)
Bridgend (1)
Caerphilly (1)
Cardiff (2)
Carmarthenshire (1)
Ceredigion (1)
Conwy (1)
Denbighshire (1)
Flintshire (2)
Gwynedd (1)
Isle of Anglesey (1)
Merthyr Tydfil (1)
Monmouthshire (1)
Neath Port Talbot (1)
Newport (1)
Pembrokeshire 40
Powys 20
Rhondda Cynon, Taff (1)
Swansea (2)
The Vale of Glamorgan 10
Torfaen (1)
Wrexham (1)
(1) Zero or rounded to zero. (2) Fewer than 5.

Where rounding has been used, totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not equal the sums of their rounded parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

The figures in the above table are for those who applied for redundancy under Tranche 3 and who were based in Wales at 1 June 2013. Personnel could have moved location between applying for Tranche 3 (applications were invited between 22 January and 12 March 2013) and 1 June 2013.

The figures are based on Service personnel's stationed location and not their location of residence. Personnel deployed on operations to an area away from their stationed location are shown against their most recent stationed location.

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