HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 cc358-9W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed in the(a) Army legal service, (b) Royal Navy legal service and (c) the RAF legal service, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) grade; and at what locations they are based. [102532]

Mr. Spellar

The information is as follows:

Naval Service

The Naval Service does not have a dedicated legal service. There are, however, 33 qualified barristers in the Royal Navy, 17 of whom are serving in legal appointments. Details of barristers, ranks and grades in support are:

Naval Service Number
(i) Ranks
Commodore 1
Commander 6
Lieutenant Commander 7
Lieutenant 3
Warrant Officer 3
Chief Petty Officer 4
Petty Officer 3
Leading Rate 6
Able Rate 4
(ii) Grades
Administrative Officer 4
Civilian typist 1
Overall total staff 42


Portsmouth, London, Northwood, Yeovilton, Plymouth, Faslane.

Army Number
(i) Ranks
Major General 1
Brigadier 2
Colonel 4
Lieutenant Colonel 16
Major 19
Captain 40
Warrant Officer 1 x 2
Warrant Officer 2 x 2
Staff Sergeant 1
Sergeant 1
(ii) Grades
Executive Officer 1
Administrative Officer 16
Administrative Assistant 5
Typists 17
Personal Secretary 3
Locally employed civilians 12
Overall total 142


All Divisional Headquarters in the UK and Germany, Permanent Joint Headquarters Northwood, Joint Headquarters Germany, Bielefeld (Germany), RAF Uxbridge (Army Prosecuting Authority), Upavon and London (Directorate of Army Legal Services), Glasgow (Military Secretary), Headquarters British Forces Cyprus, HQ Land, Headquarters Royal Marines Portsmouth, HQ Northern Ireland, SHAPE Belgium, Kosovo, Bosnia and Georgia, and one exchange officer in Australia.

RAF Number
(i) Ranks
Air Vice Marshal 1
Air Commodore 1
Group Captain 3
Wing Commander 7
Squadron Leader 7
Flight Lieutenant 8
(ii) Grades
Retired Officer 1
Executive Officer 1
Administrative Officer 2
Personal Secretary 2
Administrative Assistant 1
Typist 1
Locally Employed Civilians 7
Overall total 43


Innsworth, High Wycombe, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany.

Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many(a) service personnel and (b) civilian dependants have sought and received advice from the legal branches of each armed service; and how many of those received advice (i) by telephone, (ii) by letter, (iii) by clients visiting legal branch offices and (iv) by legal specialists visiting clients (1) at UK locations and (2) overseas locations, specifying the locations in each case. [102526]

Mr. Spellar

To establish which of this information is held by the three services could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.