§ Mr. Francois
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the net outflow was of(a) officers and (b) other ranks from the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy, (iii) Royal Air Force and (iv) Royal Marines in 2001. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The net flow for officers and other ranks over the last 12 months is as follows:
Strength as at 1 December 2000 1 December 2001 Net flow over 12 months Naval Service Officers 7,714 7,753 39 Other ranks 34,791 34,037 -754 Army Officers 13,844 13,894 50 Other ranks 95,531 95,627 96 RAF Officers 11,007 10,833 -174 Other ranks 43,200 42,346 -854
Naval Service includes both Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
Figures are for UK regular forces (including both trained and untrained personnel), and therefore excludes Gurkhas, full-time reserve service personnel, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reservists and activated reservists.