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Army Regiments

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the regiments of the British Army arid (a) the location and value of the property associated with each and (b) the location and value of the property associated with each which has been sold in the past 10 years.

The regular regiments and corps of the British Army are listed below:

Regular Regiments and Corps of the British Army

  • 1. Household Cavalry
    • The Life Guards
    • The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons)
  • 2. Royal Armoured Corps
    • 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
    • The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)
    • 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards
    • 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
    • The Queen's Own Hussars
    • The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
    • 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
    • The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)
    • 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)
    • 14th/20th King's Hussars
    • 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
    • 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers
    • 17th/21st Lancers
    • Regiments of the Royal Tank Regiment
  • 3. The Royal Regiment of Artillery
  • 4. Corps of Royal Engineers
  • 5. Royal Corps of Signals
  • 6. Infantry
  • (a) The Guards Division
    • Grenadier Guards
    • Coldstream Guards
    • Scots Guards
    • Irish Guards
    • Welsh Guards
  • (b) The Scottish Division
    • The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
    • The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment)
    • The King's Own Scottish Borderers
    • The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
    • Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)
    • The Gordon Highlanders
    • The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)
  • (c) The Queen's Division
    • The Queen's Regiment
    • The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
    • The Royal Anglian Regiment
  • (d) The King's Division
    • The King's Own Royal Border Regiment
    • The King's Regiment
    • The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire
    • The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
    • The Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th)
    • The Queen's Lancashire Regiment
    • The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
  • (e) The Prince of Wales's Division
    • The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
    • The Cheshire Regiment
    • The Royal Welch Fusiliers
    • The Royal Regiment of Wales (24/41st Foot)
    • The Gloucestershire Regiment
    • The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)
    • The Royal Hampshire Regiment
    • The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)
    • The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)
  • (f) The Light Division
    • The Light Infantry
    • The Royal Green Jackets
  • (g) The Brigade of Gurkhas
    • 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Simoor Rifles)
    • 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles
    • 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles
    • 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles
  • (h) The Parachute Regiment
  • (i) Special Air Service Regiment
  • (j) Other Corps
    • Army Air Corps
    • Royal Army Chaplains' Department
    • Royal Corps of Transport
    • Royal Army Medical Corps
    • Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    • Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    • Corps of Royal Military Police
    • Royal Army Pay Corps
    • Royal Army Veterinary Corps
    • Small Arms School Corps
    • Military Provost Staff Corps
    • Royal Army Educational Corps
    • Royal Army Dental Corps
    • Royal Pioneer Corps
    • Intelligence Corps
    • Army Physical Training Corps
    • Army Catering Corps
    • Army Legal Corps
    • General Service Corps
    • Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
    • Women's Royal Army Corps

    The data requested concerning location and value of property could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British Army regiments existed in 1979 and currently; and if he will name those which (a) have been amalgamated or abolished and (b) it is proposed to amalgamate or abolish.

    Details of numbers of combat arm regiments and infantry battalions are given annually in volume 1 of the Statement on the Defence Estimates.Of these, the only regiments or battalions that have been amalgamated or disbanded since 1979 are 2nd battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles, which was raised in 1981 and disbanded in 1986; 2 Regiment and 9 Regiment Army Air Corps, which were disbanded in 1983 and 1982 respectively; the Composite Infantry Demonstration Battalion, which was disbanded in 1982; and 25 Regiment, Royal Artillery, which was disbanded in 1984.As for future amalgamations or disbandments, this will depend on the circumstances at the time. However, we recognise that the changing circumstances in Europe will have implications for the deployment and structure of our forces and that we are therefore examining the options for change.