HC Deb 25 June 2003 vol 407 cc887-9W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many(a) armed forces personnel, broken down by (i) service and (ii) rank, and (b) civilian staff, broken down by grade, are working on drafting the new tri-service Bill; and under whose command, and at what location, the work is progressing. [121296]

Mr. Ingrain

The team working on the policy and legal issues for the tri-Service Bill is based in London, within the Directorate General of Service Personnel Policy, and reports to a senior civil service official. It consists of the following staff:

  • Royal Navy: One Captain
  • Army: Two Colonels
  • Royal Air Force:one Group Captain and one Wing commander
  • Civil Service: One Bl (formerly Grade 6/Senior Principal) and one Cl (formerly Senior Executive Officer).

The team is also able to draw on a large proportion of the time of a senior lawyer from Ministry of Defence legal advisers; and on extensive assistance from the single Service legal and personnel policy staffs.