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Veterans: Females

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th March 2017.

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Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Conservative, Berwick-upon-Tweed

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many female military veterans there are by (a) county, (b) region, (c) service and (d) age range.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence estimates that in 2015 there were 2.56 million UK Armed Forces veterans residing in households across Great Britain (GB), of which 270,000 were female veterans. Of those, we estimate that 127,000 female veterans were under 65 years old, and 143,000 were older.

The numbers of female veterans living in GB by region (for England only) and in Scotland and Wales is provided below, estimated to the nearest thousand.

Number of Female Veterans

North East - 11,000

North West - 28,000

Yorkshire and the Humber - 29,000

East Midlands - 16,000

West Midlands - 22,000

East of England - 19,000

London - 11,000

South East - 50,000

South West - 43,000

Scotland - 24,000

Wales - 18,000

Total - 270,000

Source: Office of National Statistics 2015 Annual Population Survey

The sum of the parts does not equal the total due to rounding.

Information on the numbers of female veterans by county and by Service is not currently available.

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