§ Mr. Keith Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of military and civilian students at the Joint Service Command and Staff College(a) under the proposals in the defence costs study, Front Line First and (b) currently attending. 
§ Dr. Reid
The current year is unrepresentative because a number of courses were cancelled or truncated to facilitate the closure of single service colleges and moves to interim JSCSC accommodation. Figures are therefore also provided for 1998.
All figures exclude students on ISSC distance learning courses, which are non-residential, as well as other regular and occasional courses, e.g. for Reserves. Civilian students attend the Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC), the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) and the RN Initial Staff Course (RNISC).
Front Line First 1997–98 1998–99 Military students at JSCSC 1 21,625 31,452 31,587 Civilian students 9 (and see2) 18 20 Total 1,634 1,470 1,607 1 Includes underlying assumptions for Junior Division numbers, on which no specific recommendations for change were made in Front Line First. 2 Includes 60 places for "officers from overseas and selected civil servants" on the ACSC as well as around 40 places for overseas officers on Junior courses. The precise number of civilians on the ACSC was agreed after the publication of Front Line First. 3 Includes 130 places for overseas students.