§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many YTS places are currently on offer with Her Majesty's forces; how many have been taken up; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
In the present financial year (1987–88) there are 1,769 places available on the scheme. Between April and the end of December 1987 we received 1,746 applications of which 585 were accepted and 526 young people were admitted for training during that period.
Applicants are offered places only on condition that they meet successfully both the MSC YTS eligibility criteria and the normal service recruiting standards.