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Combined Cadet Force

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL2493, tabled on 28 October 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the change in funding arrangements for Combined Cadet Force units in independent schools will await the outcome of the review into the Ministry of Defence's way ahead over Cadet Forces by Major-General Tom Beckett.

Answered on

19 November 2014

The Government places great value on the benefits delivered by membership of Combined Cadet Forces (CCFs), which is why we are expanding the number of CCFs in state schools through the Cadet Expansion Programme, and why we have consulted Heads of schools with CCF units to work out a sustainable funding model for CCFs for the future. The consultation period closed recently and no decisions on future CCF funding arrangements have yet been taken.

In his letter earlier this year consulting with Heads of CCF schools, Major General Crackett made it clear that there would be no changes to the funding of existing CCF units before September 2015. We are now in the process of considering the feedback received during the consultation process.

162 independent schools responded to Major General Crackett's letter about CCF funding arrangements. We will provide a summary of the consultation responses when we announce how we intend to proceed.