§ 15. Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many air, army and sea cadets there were(a) at 1 May 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Doug Henderson
The number of cadets is calculated at the end of the financial year.
Therefore, on 31 March 1997 there were:
- 12,011 Sea Cadets—excluding junior members of the Corps,
- 39,827 Army Cadets,
- 33,196 Air Cadets,
- and 39,716 members of the Combined Cadet Force.
On 31 March 1998, the latest date for which figures are available, there were:
- 11,762 Sea Cadets, again excluding junior members,
- 40,773 Army Cadets,
- 32,807 Air Cadets,
- and 39,460 members of the Combined Cadet Force.