§ Sir Michael Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work is in hand in analysing the independent review by Mr. Michael Bett of "Service Career and Manpower Structures and Terms of Service"; and when he expects to respond to the recommendations of that review. 
§ Mr. Soames
We have conducted an initial examination of Sir Michael Bett's proposals. The aim, as foreshadowed in my statement of 5 April,Official Report, column 1143, has been to identify the interrelationships between the different elements of the recommendations, and to form a view on the work required before decisions can be taken. This initial examination has confirmed that Sir Michael's proposals merit detailed study and development. The next phase of work has now been set in hand. As well as considering a range of wider management issues, we are conducting major and detailed studies into pay and structures and job evaluation; career structures, incentives and pensions; allowances and charges; rank structures; mobility, stability, sociological assumptions, accompanied service and housing; personnel strategy; and administration and pay schemes.
This work will require a substantial amount of effort and time, and the studies will need to be developed into an overall strategy. I intend to have completed this process and to make a definitive statement on the way ahead in the spring of 1996.1 shall keep the House informed of progress.