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Territorial Army

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 5 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which campaigns Territorial Army units have served since 1990; and what proportion of reservists (a) is committed and (b) was committed in (i) 1990 and (ii) 1997. [116665]

Territorial Army units have served in the following operational theatres since 1990:

The proportion of reservists committed to operations is as follows (as at 1 May 2003):

Royal Naval Reserve10
Royal Marine Reserve13
Territorial Army10
Reserve Air Forces48

I am unable to provide the figures requested for shortfall by rank and branch for any of the Reserve Forces. Information is available for the TA on shortages by specialism. This is given in the following table (as at 1 April 2003):

Figures for previous years are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.