THE latest report on bullying in the Armed Forces sparked by the deaths at Deepcut barracks has been dismissed by the father of Llangollen victim Private Cheryl James.
This week's report, from the Defence Select Committee, is the latest of 11 inquiries into the culture and conduct of the Ministry of Defence and the Army since Deepcut became an issue.
Between 1995 and 2002 four soldiers died at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey.
One, Pte Sean Benton, was shot five times from distance and once at close range in June 1995, according to ballistics expert Frank Swann.
The others all died from bullets to the head, Pte CherylJames in November 1995, Pte Geoff Gray in 2001 and Pte James Collinson in 2002.
Mr Swann, who investigated the cases initially for Surrey Police, then for the families of the victims, was suspicious of the bullet wounds in all the cases, which the Army said were all suicide.
Pressure for a public inquiry from families sparked a number of investigations and reports into general training practices but Mr James said the issue wasn't being addressed.
'This latest report is nonsense,' he said. 'People are reading it and believing it refers to Deepcut but it doesn't, it is general for the whole Army.
'I welcome the acknowledgement that bullying is a problem and that measures need to be taken but I don't believe it will change anything.
'In fact I totally disagree with the idea of stopping under-18s joining the Army. For some it is a vital lifeline to get their lives on track and build a future. If there is a problem, it is not their fault, it is the fault of the trainers. We don't stop having football matches because there are hooligans, we sort out the hooligans. So don't stop young people joining, sort out the bullies.
'This report has not appeased our family at all. we still want a public inquiry. The Government seems to be trying to keep this issue out of the public eye in the run-up to the General Election but we will not allow that. Nicholas Blake QC begins his review of the Deepcut deaths soon and we believe he will call for a public inquiry.
'He has a wide remit for investigation although he cannot make people attend to give evidence. This means that although the Army has pledged to order anyone called to go, one of the commanding officers at Deepcut when the deaths occurred will have retired and will not have to give evidence.
'The Government has allowed so many general reports into the Army's conduct but it must be hiding something really big and nasty to go to the lengths it has to avoid a public inquiry.
'In reality all these reports are worthless because we don't know what the problems were at Deepcut.
'We can speculate that it was bullying or poor training or officer incompetence but until there is a public inquiry we will never know for sure. These reports are solving problems that may have nothing to do with Deepcut but it is hoped that by publishing them people will stop talking about it.
'We will not stop talking about it until we know the truth, whatever that may be.'