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MPs brand compulsory armed forces job cuts 'grotesque'

MPs have said it is "grotesque" that 40% of armed forces redundancies have been compulsory, while no civilian staff have been forced out of a job.

The Commons defence committee queried whether the terms on offer to military personnel were "fair or appropriate" given the "shocking" difference.

It also said not enough was being done to retrain, rather than sack, troops.

Defence Minister Philip Hammond said the MPs were wrong and personnel were given "every opportunity" to retrain.

Jonathan Beale reports.

  • 25 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK
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