§ Lord Vivian
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many Army personnel are medically downgraded, showing the number that are not fit for operations and training, the number that can continue to carry out their normal military duties within barracks and the number that are on light duties. [HL3098]
§ Lord Bach
I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave to him on 12 March 2002, (Official Report, col. WA 67). It is not possible to provide the number of medically downgraded personnel who are not fit for training, or the number who are able to carry out their normal duties in barracks or are on light duties, as this information is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Personnel who are medically downgraded are able to undertake training and military duties in barracks within the employability restrictions of their category of medical downgrading, which will differ for each individual depending on the reason for their medical downgrading and the type of training and duties. Restriction to light duties is not a category of medical downgrading. Any personnel, whether or not medically downgraded, may be placed in this category on a temporary basis.