§ Mr. Churchill
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest estimate for the number of service redundancies that have, and are likely to arise, as a result of the implementation of the "Options for Change" cuts and of the overall cost of redundancy payments involved.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
To date, 5,969 service personnel have been selected for redundancy as a result of the restructuring of our armed forces. In addition, approximately 6,400 army personnel are due to be notified later this month of their selection for redundancy. For these 12,369 personnel, the estimated cost of redundancy payments—special capital payments—is £363 million All three services are considering carefully what further redunancies will be necessary.