HC Deb 01 May 1968 vol 763 c190W
40. Mr. Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give further details of the recently published figure of 100,000 redundancies in the Armed Forces arising from the accelerated defence rundown.

Mr. Reynolds

No such figure has been publicised by us and redundancies of that order are not expected. The numbers declared redundant in 1967–68 were under 2,000 and are expected to amount to about 3,000 in 1968–69. Nearly all have been volunteers. The greater part of the rundown over the next five years will be achieved by normal wastage which amounts to over 40,000 a year.