§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Adjutant-General's Army Retention Study will be completed; when the findings will be made public; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The Army's Retention Study is a six-month strategic review to examine the effectiveness of present policies, which includes undertaking field research, and making recommendations for improvements. The work is being carried out by the Hay Management Group and the Institute for Employment Studies, who will report their findings to the Adjutant-General on 30 November 1999. The Retention Study was commissioned to inform the Army's personnel management policies and there are currently no plans to publish the findings externally.