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Defence Commitments

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the United Kingdom's overseas defence commitments by country in (a) 1980, (b) 1985 and (c) 1993; and what was the infantry manpower required to meet each of those commitments;(2) if he will list the United Kingdom's domestic defence commitments in

(a) 1980, (b) 1985 and (c) 1993; and what was the amount of infantry manpower required to meet each of those commitments.

The United Kingdom's defence commitments worldwide are set out in the "Statement on the Defence Estimates" for 1980, 1985 and 1993; overall figures for deployments of each of the armed forces are set out in volume II of the "Statement on the Defence Estimates" for 1980 and 1985, and in "United Kingdom Defence Statistics 1993". Figures for infantry personnel stationed in the United Kingdom and overseas for 1980, 1985 and 1993 are as follows;

Country198019851993
United Kingdom29,04126,14724,654
Germany11,1529,9215,915
Cyprus1,1811,162904
Gibraltar58162218
Hong Kong790801671
Caribbean523574487
Falkland Islands175
Others5412,5291,548

Notes:

1. Separate figures are not available for the Falkland Islands for 1980 and 1985. Figures for those years are included under "Others".

2. Figures for Belize are included under "Caribbean".

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the sufficiency of United Kingdom Army personnel to meet (a) its domestic defence commitments and (b) its overseas defence commitments; and if he will make a statement.

The size of the British Army matches its commitments at home and overseas.