Military Bands: Training

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of providing Phase two training for the Royal Air Force Music Services at the Headquarters Music Services, Northolt in 2013-14.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel undertook phase two training for the Royal Marine Band Service at the Royal Marine School of Music in 2013-14.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel undertook phase two training for the regular army band at Kneller Hall in 2013-14.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of providing Phase two training for the Royal Marine Band Service at the Royal Marine School of Music in 2013-14.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel undertook Phase two training for Royal Air Force Music Services at the Headquarters Music Services, Northolt in 2013-14.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of providing phase two training for the regular Army band at Kneller Hall in 2013-14.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The requested detail for Financial Year 2013-14 is provided below:

Number of personnel who completed Phase Two training

Cost of providing Phase

Two training

Royal Marines School of Music (Portsmouth)

22

Information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost

Royal Military School of Music (Army, Kneller Hall)

66

£2.8 million (approx)

No personnel undertook phase two training with the RAF Music Services. The RAF recruits are fully trained musicians who undertake a rigorous audition process and are only admitted once their playing ability is proven.

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