To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suitably qualified and experienced personnel staff are currently required and how many such positions are vacant in (a) Astute, (b) Vanguard and (c) Trafalgar class submarine crews.
The information requested, as at 8 September 2014, is shown in the following table:
A Class (Astute, Ambush only)
T Class (Torbay, Trenchant, Talent, Triumph only)
V Class (Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant only)
Note: All figures are rounded in accordance with the Defence Statistics rounding policy. All numbers over 100 are rounded to the nearest 10 with numbers ending in 5 rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid bias. Numbers under 100 are rounded to the nearest 5.
None of the existing vacancies is in a post categorised as safety critical and no submarine would go to sea without the minimum required complement of suitably qualified and experienced personnel.