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Reserve Forces

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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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
Regular Reserves26·7
Volunteer Reserves and Auxiliary Forces6·6
Regular Reserves158·8
Territorial Army77·9
Ulster Defence Regiment6·6
Home Service Force3·3
Regular Reserves32·5
Volunteer Reserves and Auxiliary Forces1·3