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Troop Deployments

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of British troops are on active deployment; if he will make a statement on the levels of commitment; and what plans he has to reduce the number of deployments. [110027]

The figures for the average number of personnel from each Service deployed on Military Tasks overseas for the quarter ending 31 March 2003, the most recent comprehensive figures available, are shown in the table. The figures do not include personnel either preparing for or recovering from deployments on Military Tasks. They also exclude personnel on duties in the United Kingdom such as firefighting.

4th Quarter 2002–03 (January—March 2003)
NumberPercentage of trained strength
Navy (inc. Royal Marines)8,09121.5
Air Force6,94714.3
The Department's plans for reducing deployments were set out in the Written Ministerial Statement by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 30 April 2003,

Official Report, column 15WS.