HC Deb 23 October 1972 vol 843 cc199-200W
Mr. Hattersley

asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will make a further statement about the review of the training of Army officers.

Mr. G. Johnson Smith

A reviewing body, to be known as the Committee on Army Regular Officer Training, has been appointed and will shortly be holding its first meeting.

The Committee will be under the chairmanship of Lieutenant-General Sir Allan Taylor and the members will be Sir Cyril English of the City and Guilds of London Institute, Dr. P. S. Haskell of Portsmouth Polytechnic, the Deputy Under-Secretary of State (Army), the Vice-Adjutant-General and the Director of Army Training.

The Committee's task will be to review, and to make recommendations on, the pattern of officer education and training from first commissioning of the young man of 18 to the staff College graduate of about 37 years of age and will include a review of the pattern of officers' careers.

Maintained Direct Grant Recognised Independent Other Independent
Local Education Authorities Full-Time Pupils Part-Time Pupils Full-Time Pupils Part-Time Pupils Full-Time Pupils Part-Time Pupils Full-Time Pupils Part-Time Pupils
England: Counties
Bedfordshire 84 140 21 20
Berkshire 259 542 34 19 18 77
Buckinghamshire 136 944 26 22
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely 97 292
Cheshire 45 28 13 1 16 31
Cornwall 40 48 10
Cumberland 90 60
Derbyshire 11 62
Devon 10 16
Dorset 29
Durham 652 456
Essex 25 212 9 69
Gloucestershire 32 16 7 41 9 7
Hampshire 32 14 106 47
Herefordshire 35
Hertfordshire 414 1,376 15
Huntingdon and Peterborough 114 40
Isle of Wight

In view of the wide range of this study I do not expect that the Committee will be in a position to report until about the end of next year.

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