Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Community Cadet Forces centres have closed from 2015 to date.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

From 2015 to date, 125 community cadet units within the United Kingdom have closed across all Ministry of Defence sponsored cadet forces. Units close for a variety of reasons including insufficient numbers of adult volunteers and health and safety issues relating to buildings used. In some cases, two separate units may close and merge to form a single, larger unit which can allow cadets to participate in a greater range of activities.

During the same period, 64 new cadet units have opened in the community; there are approximately 3,000 such units in total.

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