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Armed Forces (Strength)

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the mobilised strength of the Armed Forces of the Crown, including all reserves, in (a) 1950, (b) 1960, (c) 1970 and (d) 1980, respectively.

The total strength of the Armed Forces including Reserves, on the date shown, was as follows:

1 January 19601,833,000
1 January 1970768,000
1 December 1979592,000
Complete figures are not readily available for 1950 and are not yet available for 1 January 1980.