§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of(a) the Royal Navy, 296W (b) the RAF and (c) the Army were under 18 years of age on 23 June; and what percentage of force numbers this represents. 
§ Mr. Doug Henderson
[holding answer 30 June 1999]: At 1 June, the latest date for which information is available centrally on all three services:992 Naval Service personnel (Royal Navy and Royal Marines) were under 18 years of age, 2.3 per cent of the total strength.4,991 Army personnel were under 18 years of age, 4.5 per cent. of the total strength.438 RAF personnel were under 18 years of age, 0.8 per cent. of the total strength.