HC Deb 02 December 1969 vol 792 cc262-3W
Mr. Kenneth Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many surveys of a statistical nature are at present being made, or have been commissioned, by his Department; what subjects are being covered; when the surveys began; and when a report is expected.

Mr. Hattersley

Surveys at present being made, or which have been commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, fall under the following main headings:

  1. (a) Recruitment. Two surveys are in progress and another one has been commissioned. A typical example is an investigation into the reasons why some of those who inquire about Army officer entry do not pursue the matter further.
  2. (b) Attitudes of Service men. Eight surveys are in progress, including one to assess the factors affecting re-engagement of Airmen with the aim of predicting how many are likely to extend their service.
  3. (c) Re-settlement and separation. Four surveys are in progress, including an investigation into the experiences of 10,000 ex-Service men in settling into civilian life.
  4. (d) Medical. Six surveys are in progress. Some are long-term projects, such as a smoking survey among boy soldiers. Another example 263 is a survey of prematurity and peri-natal mortality in B.A.O.R. covering all births in B.A.O.R. military hospitals.

Apart from the medical surveys of a continuing nature, most of the surveys in progress began in 1969 and the final reports are expected within six months.