asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the strength of reserve forces; and what changes are planned for the future.
The reserve forces make anessential contribution to our defence effort and a continuing expansion is in hand. Details of the strength if the reserves are published in volume II of the annual defence White Paper. The latest available figures, 1 January 1987, are as follows:
|Royal Navy/Royal Marines|
|Volunteer Reserves and Auxiliary Forces||6·6|
|Ulster Defence Regiment||6·6|
|Home Service Force||3·3|
|Volunteer Reserves and Auxiliary Forces||1·3|