§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many(a) military and (b) civilian jobs have been replaced under his Department's contractorisation programme. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
The Department's budget holders operate within financial allocations, which cover a range of operating costs, including military and civilian staff. Since April 1992, some 26,000 posts have been reviewed under the competing for quality programme, resulting in a reduction in the overall number of MOD posts of nearly 17,500. Details of the breakdown of posts between military and civilian staff are not held centrally.