asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the present strength of the Army Cadet Force in the United Kingdom; in which three counties it is strongest; and in which three counties it is weakest. [HL1484]
§ The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)
The latest available statistics give the total strength of the Army Cadet Forces as 42,550. The three Army Cadet Force contingents that are strongest numerically are:
Humberside and South Yorkshire 17,079 Yorkshire North and West 14,016 Leicestershire and Northamptonshire 13,051
The three Army Cadet Force contingents that are weakest numerically, excluding the Isle of Man, the Orkneys and the Shetlands, are:
Gwynedd 362 Bedfordshire 362 Powys 436
These statistics are as at 31 December 1999; this is the latest date for which the statistics are available.