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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many United Kingdom troops are currently committed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Europe; how many are actually there; and how many are in Northern Ireland.

The number of male Army personnel stationed on the Continent of Europe, including those serving in NATO headquarters but excluding Berlin, was about 55,500 on 30th September 1978. Of these about 3,000 were temporarily deployed in Northern Ireland. In an emergency they could be returned to Germany within 72 hours.