From today's Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/14/nrights414.xml Hard-pressed TA faces £5m cut in its budget By Graeme Wilson, Political Correspondent Last Updated: 6:46am BST 14/06/2007 A leaked Whitehall memo has revealed Government plans to cut funding for the Territorial Army by £5 million, even though ministers admit the decision is "difficult to justify" and will "undermine our objectives". The memo, marked "Restricted", was sent to Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of Defence Staff, by Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister. The memo reveals that the Ministry of Defence is planning to cut the TA budget by £2.5 million in both 2007-08 and and 2008-09, despite the pressure of Iraq and Afghanistan on the force. Mr Ingram says he has been briefed on the impact of a funding cut and argues that "these consequences should have been foreseen and made clear to ministers in a timely fashion as a factor in [our] decision making, since they will be difficult to justify and they undermine our objectives for the TA in the short term, possibly longer." Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, said Mr Ingram's comments revealed that even ministers appeared to recognise the damage being caused by defence cuts. When Labour came to power in 1997, there were 56,200 people serving in the TA. Last year the figure was 35,940, more than 6,000 below the MoD's official manning requirement of 42,000. The MoD said last night: "Last financial year, overall funding for the Territorial Army amounted to about £350 million. We do not comment on leaked documents, but can confirm that the TA will continue to be funded at the level needed to provide their invaluable support for current commitments."