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Northern Ireland (Troop Levels)

Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present troop level in Northern Ireland; what it was at the corresponding period for each of the past six years; and what plans he has to increase or decrease the number over the next 12 months.

There are at present 12 major units of the combat arms in Northern Ireland. The following table shows the force level for each of the previous six years:

at 1 March
197418
197515
197616
197714
197813
197913
As regards future plans I refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Scotland Exchange (Mr. Parry) on 26 March [Vol. 980, c.

593].