HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 cc525-6W
Dr. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion(a) graduates and (b) postgraduates in (x) pure and applied sciences, (y) engineering and (z) computer sciences engaged by the Ministry of Defence following graduation were of all graduates and postgraduates engaged by his Department in each year since 1983.

Mr. Alan Clark

From available records it is not possible to give a complete breakdown distinguishing between graduates and postgraduates for the science and engineering categories requested. To ascertain this detailed information would require a disproportionate amount of effort.

A breakdown of science and engineering graduates entering the MOD service since 1984 and an indication of the postgraduate entry for the scientific group is as follows:

Year Graduates Science Post graduates Engineers Graduates only
1984–85 128 41 83
1985–86 180 55 68
1986–87 242 77 53
1987–88 301 50 90
1988–89 202 73 130
1989–90 145 48 99

The postgraduate entry figures represent those recruited with experience in lieu of qualifications as well as those qualified to PhD level. The postgraduate entry to the engineering service is known to be very small.

Computer scientists are an integral part of the science entry. From an analysis of information available for 1989–90, about 6 per cent. of those engaged were computer scientists. It is a reasonable assumption that a similar proportion of computer scientists were recruited in previous years.

Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for each of the last five years, how many graduates have joined(a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force; and what proportion of the armed services' strength this represents.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces will write to my hon. Friend.