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Reserve Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate has been made of the total cost of recruiting new reservists to the armed forces.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The requested information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

For information on the costs of television recruitment campaigns for both Regular and Reserve Armed Forces personnel, I refer the noble Lord to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, in the House of Commons on 10 December 2015 to Questions 18990, 18877 and 18991.

The additional costs of recruitment associated with the growth of the Reserves are all factored into the Future Reserves 2020 programme. Defence is investing an additional £1.8 billion in the Reserves over 10 years.

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