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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total number of trained reservists available to each of the Armed Forces of the Crown in the years 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980, respectively.

Reserve strengths for each Service are shown in the table below. The structure of the Reserves has changed considerably over the years and the figures given include both volunteers and those with a reserve liability following full-time service.the date of their death; and what was the cause of their death as stated on the death certificate.

I regret that in the time available it has not been possible to provide the information requested. I shall publish it in the Official Report as soon as possible.