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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-03-31
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Department for International Development more like this
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star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department allocated to microfinance schemes in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
star this property answer text <p>DFID's work on microfinance is integrated into broader financial sector development programmes that work to strengthen policy and regulation, build infrastructure and innovate new products and services that meet the needs of poor people.</p><p>DFID monitors expenditure in terms of actual spend. Actual spend on the financial sector development portfolio totalled £50.9 million in 2010-11; £50.9m in 2011-2012 and £59.2m in 2012-2013. Cumulative spend between 2007 and 2012 totalled £282.0m.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
star this property answering member printed Lynne Featherstone more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Featherstone more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made on encouraging computer science and programming in UK schools. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
star this property answer text <p>As part of the reforms to the national curriculum, the Department for Education is strengthening the teaching of computing in schools by replacing information and communications technology with computing. The new programmes of study for computing, which will be taught in maintained schools from September 2014, have a much greater emphasis on computer science. For example, pupils at key stage 1 will be taught to create and debug simple programs and key stage 3 pupils will be taught to use two or more programming languages.</p><p>We also working with exam boards and sector experts to review the computer science GCSE and A level so that they reflect and build upon the changes made to the curriculum. The inclusion of computer science in the English Baccalaureate will provide further encouragement for pupils to take up the subject at GCSE level. We are also providing funding for several projects to help teachers acquire the necessary subject knowledge and skills to teach the new computing curriculum.</p><p>We are funding the British Computer Society to build a network of 400 ‘Master Teachers', create online teach-yourself resources and deliver 800 in-school workshops to help primary school teachers improve their subject knowledge. A further £500,000 competitive match-funded scheme was announced on 4 February to support excellent computing teaching and lever additional investment and engagement from business.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss more like this
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
44784
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the contribution of the (a) Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa route and (b) Tier 1 (Investor) visa route on economic growth. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-30more like thismore than 2014-04-30
star this property answer text <p>The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) advises the Government on economic issues relating to migration.<br><br>On 1 July 2013 the MAC published a &quot;Report on the economic and labour market impacts of tier 1 entrepreneur and investor migrants to the UK&quot; which it had commissioned from the Migration Observatory. The report made a number of findings, although it concluded that it was too early to make a full assessment of the economic contribution of the two routes without further research. The report is available on the gov.uk website at:<br><br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/economic-and-labour-market-impacts-tier-1-entrepreneur-and-investor-migrants" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/economic-and-labour-market-impacts-tier-1-entrepreneur-and-investor-migrants</a><br><br>More recently, on 25 February 2014 the MAC published its own report, &quot;Tier 1 (Investor) route: investment thresholds and economic benefits&quot; in response to a Government commission. The MAC concluded that the direct investment required by the route is of little or no benefit, but there is some benefit from indirect spending by investors and their families in the UK (although this is difficult to quantify). The report is available on the gov.uk website at:<br><br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-investment-limits-and-economic-benefits-of-the-tier-1-investor-route-feb-2014" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-investment-limits-and-economic-benefits-of-the-tier-1-investor-route-feb-2014</a><br><br>The Government keeps all routes under review and is currently considering its response to the MAC's report on the Tier 1 (Investor) route.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Old Bexley and Sidcup more like this
star this property answering member printed James Brokenshire more like this
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less than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-30T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for James Brokenshire more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-07more like thismore than 2014-03-07
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will estimate the net benefit to the UK economy of data.gov.uk since it publicly launched in January 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 191143 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
star this property answer text <p> We know that open data is of huge value to the economy. It is difficult to cite an exact figure for the net benefit of data.gov.uk. </p><p /> <p>A recent <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/198905/bis-13-743-market-assessment-of-public-sector-information.pdf" target="_blank">Deloitte report</a>, available at LINK, cited £1.8bn of direct benefit and £6.8bn of indirect benefit to the UK economy from the use of open data, although this also includes data that is not government data. </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Horsham more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Francis Maude more like this
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less than 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-17T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Maude of Horsham more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to incentivise departmental officials to bring old Government data sets online in accessible formats. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 193287 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-31more like thismore than 2014-03-31
star this property answer text <p>The UK has been recognised as the international leader in data transparency. During our Presidency of the G8 in 2013 we led Members to commit to publishing data openly by default as a matter of principle through the Open Data Charter.<br> <br> Departments are engaging the public and special interest groups about the most important data held by Government (whether old or new); publishing open data strategies and reporting to Parliament on progress on a quarterly basis.<br> <br> Those data sets that are judged to have the most significant economic and social impact we refer to as the National Information Infrastructure, and are our priority for making available and accessible.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Horsham more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Francis Maude more like this
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less than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Maude of Horsham more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
45856
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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-03-31
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people applied to the 2014 Sirius Programme for young entrepreneurs; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 194417 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
star this property answer text <p>The Sirius Programme, led by UK Trade and Investment, enables talented graduates with innovative start up ideas to start a business in the UK. Successful applicants receive support via a structured mentoring programme and participants requiring a visa, are able to access support through a dedicated visa route for the Sirius Programme. The current programme is a 2 year pilot - the first round was launched on 6 September 2013 and closed on 15 January 2014. A total of 1543 people applied.<br><br>A second round of the Sirius Programme will open shortly.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-03-31
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to support part-time entrepreneurs; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
star this property answer text <p>People are setting up and growing different types of businesses all the time. We continue to work hard to provide the right support to make life easier for them all.</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.gov.uk/" target="_blank">www.gov.uk</a> is the home for Government services and information online. One of the tools available is the 'Finance Finder;' a searchable database of publicly-backed sources of finance. The website <a href="http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/" target="_blank">www.greatbusiness.gov.uk</a> also provides support and advice for anyone trying to grow a business as well as for entrepreneurs starting out.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to on-line support, the Business Support Helpline is available to provide a quick response on queries about starting a business, or a personalised and in-depth advice service for more complex needs. For those looking for start up finance and advice there are Start-Up Loans: 7 loans worth a total of £37,000 have been drawn down in Windsor since the scheme began in 2012.</p>
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-08T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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1586
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44831
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that houses purchased by HS2 Limited under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme are not sold on at less than market value. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Elmet and Rothwell more like this
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Alec Shelbrooke more like this
star this property uin 193438 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p /> <p>The Department for Transport has asked HS2 Ltd to prepare an asset management strategy that reflects best practice in the public sector and relevant policy aims for HS2, including community cohesion and the normal function of local housing markets. To date, no properties purchased under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme have been sold, or offered for sale. Any eventual sales will be undertaken with a view to obtaining the best outcome for the tax payer and for local communities.</p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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less than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alec Shelbrooke more like this
45645
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star this property date less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average career length is of a soldier in each regiment or unit who enlisted (a) aged under 18 and (b) aged 18 or above. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 194161 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p>The average career length by Regiment or Corps is shown in the following table.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Regiment/Corps</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Average Career Length</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Enlisted under 18</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Enlisted 18 or over</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Household Cavalry &amp; Royal Armoured Corps</p></td><td><p>11 years,4 months</p></td><td><p>9 years,4 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Artillery</p></td><td><p>13 years,0 months</p></td><td><p>9 years,6 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Engineers</p></td><td><p>12 years,11 months</p></td><td><p>8 years,6 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Signals</p></td><td><p>14 years,5 months</p></td><td><p>10 years,1 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Infantry</p></td><td><p>11 years,0 months</p></td><td><p>7 years,9 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Army Air Corps</p></td><td><p>14 years,1 months</p></td><td><p>11 years,3 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Logistic Corps</p></td><td><p>13 years,5 months</p></td><td><p>10 years,2 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Army Medical Corps</p></td><td><p>12 years,1 months</p></td><td><p>9 years,10 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers</p></td><td><p>14 years,4 months</p></td><td><p>13 years,3 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Adjutant General's Corps (Provost)</p></td><td><p>19 years,7 months</p></td><td><p>13 years,6 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support)</p></td><td><p>18 years,10 months</p></td><td><p>14 years,4 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Army Veterinary Corps</p></td><td><p>12 years,10 months</p></td><td><p>9 years,6 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Small Arms School Corps</p></td><td><p>23 years,0 months</p></td><td><p>21 years,5 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Army Dental Corps</p></td><td><p>13 years,7 months</p></td><td><p>11 years,10 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Intelligence Corps</p></td><td><p>22 years,10 months</p></td><td><p>14 years,4 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Army Physical Training Corps</p></td><td><p>22 years,0 months</p></td><td><p>19 years,11 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps</p></td><td><p>14 years,5 months</p></td><td><p>11 years,4 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Corps of Army Music</p></td><td><p>22 years,2 months</p></td><td><p>13 years,3 months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Senior Soldier Continuity Posts (Long Service)</p></td><td><p>34 years,11 months</p></td><td><p>30 years,4 months</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>Source: Defence Statistics (Army)</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Notes/Caveats:</p><p>The figures are based on all trained regular other ranks who left the Army between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2013.</p><p> </p><p>Caution should be exercised with regards to interpretation of these statistics. They are based on Army personnel covering a number of contracts or types of engagements. They form a statistical average for the Army and do not relate to the terms and conditions associated with any particular contract.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham more like this
45646
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star this property date less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) junior entry and (b) standard entry soldiers enlisted in the Army in 2012-13; and how many such people left before completing Phase 2 training. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 194162 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p>The minimum age for enlisting in the Army is 16 and those between the ages of 16 and 17, or in some cases 17.5, are trained as Junior Entry. The remainder are trained as Standard Entry. Those who commenced training in either the Junior Entry or Senior Entry cohorts in 2012-13, and of those who subsequently discharged prior to completing Phase 2 training are shown in the following table:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>Enlisted</p></td><td><p>Discharged</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Junior Entry</p></td><td><p>1,550</p></td><td><p>290</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Standard Entry</p></td><td><p>7,810</p></td><td><p>1,750</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>Individuals may withdraw or be discharged for a number of reasons, including medical and fitness factors, disciplinary reasons, or voluntary withdrawal. Personnel under 18 have a statutory right to discharge from the Armed Forces if they wish to leave.</p><p> </p><p>Figures have been rounded to 10; numbers ending in ‘5' have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham more like this