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Field And Anti-Aircraft Gunners

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the United Kingdom's Army personnel are field and anti-aircraft gunners; by how much these figures have changed over the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will also give such estimates as he has as to the comparable data relating to the army of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The field and air defence regiments of the Royal Artillery account for 3·9 and 1·3 per cent. respectively of the trained strength of the Regular Army. Equivalent figures for the last 10 years, and comparable data for the army of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, could be provided only with disproportionate effort and expense.