Ministry of Defence: Sikhs

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Sikhs are employed in his Department; and whether they are recorded as (a) an ethnic or (b) a religious group.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As at 31 December 2018, the recorded number of personnel who had declared the Sikh faith under the category 'Religion' or 'Faith' is:

Civilian Personnel 130

Regular/Reserve Military Personnel 270

  • In line with Departmental guidance the figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
  • Civilian data is based on all employees who are active, or on paid or unpaid leave of absence and employed in the MOD Main Top Level Budgets or Defence Equipment and Support as of 31 December 2018.
  • UK Regulars comprises full-time personnel including Nursing Services, Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, Mobilised Reservists, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Employed Personnel, British Army, Non Regular Permanent Staff, Approval Managers, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and Sponsored Reserves.
  • Totals exclude Locally Engaged Civilians in overseas locations and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel for whom this data is not available.

It is not mandatory for personnel to declare their ethnicity and religion, and figures should therefore not be considered definitive. Sikh is recorded as a religion not an ethnic group.

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