Armed Forces: Cadets

Defence written question – answered on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what recent discussions he has had with the Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA) about the funding of school CCFs;

(2) what plans he has to change the funding support for Combined Cadet Forces;

(3) what plans he has for further funding of Combined Cadet Forces; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

We have set a target of expanding the number of Combined Cadet Forces (CCFs) in state schools.

We are moving towards a model for all CCFs which will involve schools making a small contribution towards the running costs of their units, irrespective of which sector the school is in. We are working with schools to establish the best way forward and our current plan is that funding changes will happen in a phased manner over a four-year period from September 2015.

The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, has not had discussions with the Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA), although officials are in regular contact. The CCFA is represented on relevant Government cadet committees, and has been briefed on the planned changes.

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