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|Jul. 08||Topical Questions||Topical Questions|
|May. 20||Urgent Questions||Use of Torture Overseas|
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|May. 21||Adjournment Debate||Christmas Island Nuclear Testing: Compensation|
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|Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Act 2018||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 February, 2018||12 Feb 2018, 2:48 p.m.|
|A Bill to make provision for members of the Regular Forces to serve part-time or subject to geographic restrictions|
Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.
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|Aug. 16||Defence ordnance, munitions and explosives safety and environmental management policy (JSP 520)||Guidance and Regulation|
|Aug. 16||Military laser safety (JSP 390)||Guidance and Regulation|
|Aug. 16||MOD explosives regulations (JSP 482)||Guidance and Regulation|
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|2 Aug 2019, 1:36 p.m.||Armed Forces: Recruitment||Lord Campbell of Pittenweem|
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Royal Navy, (2) army, and (3) Royal Air Force, recruits there were in each of the last five years for which records are available.
Answer (Baroness Goldie)
The number of recruits joining the Armed Forces in the last five years is given in the table below.
UK Regular Forces includes trained and untrained UK Regulars, excludes Gurkhas, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, Volunteer Reserve, Serving Regular Reserve, Sponsored Reserve, and Full Time Reserve Service.
The Armed Forces recruitment figures are published in the Armed Forces Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics at the following link: