Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Jim Murphy, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on Tuesday 22 January 2013, on the news of armed forces redundancies
Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, at the Ministry of Defence, Mark Francois, responded on behalf of the Government.
Armed Forces Redundancy Programme
The Government announced the process and outline timetable for the armed forces redundancy programme on 1 March 2011.
The announcement on 22 January 2013 represents the start of the third tranche of that programme, consisting of up to 5,300 personnel from the Army.
Announcements about who has been selected will be made on 18 June 2013.
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