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Army And Army Reserves (International Comparisons)

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give, for the United Kingdom, the Federal Republic of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States of America, the numbers in the Regular Army and the numbers in the Army reserves, expressing both numbers as percentages of the total population, for the last year for which all figures are available.

As at 1 January 1979, the total strength of the United Kingdom's Regular Army was 158,100, that of the Regular Army Reserve, 125,100 and of the Territorial Army, 58,900. The Regular Army forms 0·28 per cent. and the Army reserves together form 0·33 per cent. of total population as estimated on 30 June 1978. It is not our policy to publish information of this nature on the forces of our allies.