§ Mr. Jamieson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the total number of(a) officer ranked personnel and (b) other ranked personnel currently serving in Her Majesty's armed forces whose children benefit from the service children's boarding school allowance. 
§ Mr. Soames
The total average number of officers whose children benefited from boarding school allowance in the academic year 1995–96 was 4,340; the number of other ranks for the same period was 2,525. Detailed statistics for the current term can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.