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Operations (Western Europe)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the total numbers of British forces, planes and tanks deployed, by country, in western Europe, and the equivalent figures for each year since 1979.

The numbers of United Kingdom regular forces deployed, by country, in western Europe as at 1 April 1989 are as follows:

Deployment of United Kingdom regular forces, by country, in Western Europe, as at 1 April 1989

Country

Total

German Federal Republic (excluding West Berlin)64,294
West Berlin3,754
Belgium906
Greece1
Denmark26
France22
Italy (including Sardinia)350
Netherlands629
Norway811
Portugal67
Spain229
Turkey16
Unspecified29
Total71,134

The equivalent figures for each year since 1979 until 1988 are not held in the same detail and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. I am able, however, to offer figures of United Kingdom forces deployed, broken down between the Federal Republic of Germany and elsewhere in western Europe. They are as follows:

Deployment of United Kingdom regular forces in the Federal Republic of Germany and elsewhere in Western Europe 1979–88

Year

Federal Republic of Germany

Elsewhere in Western Europe

Total

1979164,6185,58070,298
198064,7135,84770,560
198169,1096,05175,160
198270,4936,23776,730
198367,4246,03173,455
198465,6056,55072,155
198566,5866,34372,929
198666,9185,98272,900
198766,8366,32873,164
198866,7506,45073,200

1 1 July.

The figures cover all United Kingdom regular forces, male and female. Army personnel from BAOR on emergency tours in Northern Ireland are added back to the Federal Republic of Germany numbers but personnel recorded as on short tours elsewhere are not included.

All United Kingdom regular army armoured and armoured reconnaissance regiments within western Europe are based in BAOR. The figures for numbers of regiments deployments in BAOR since 1979 are shown in the next table. It is not our policy to give more detailed information on numbers of tanks deployed in particular locations.

Numbers of United Kingdom regular army armoured and armoured reconnaissance regiments deployed in BAOR 1979 to 1989

Year

Number of Armoured Regiments

Number of Armoured Reconnaissance Regiments

Total

19798513
19808513
19819413
19829413
19839413
198410313
198511213
198611213
198711213

Year

Number of Armoured Regiments

Number of Armoured Reconnaissance Regiments

Total

198812214
198912214

RAF front line units within western Europe are based in the Federal Republic of Germany. There were 12 squadrons of aircraft deployed in RAF Germany between 1979 and 1982, 13 from 1983 to 1985, 14 in 1986 and 15 from 1987 to the present day. It is not our policy to give more detailed information on numbers of aircraft deployed in particular locations.