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Army Strength

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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18.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regiments are under strength; and how many vacancies there are. [120560]

As at 1 May 2003 whole Army strength (which comprises of United Kingdom trained Army personnel, Gurkhas and full-time reserve staff) stood at 102,430, which represents a shortfall of 4,550 against the current requirement. Recruiting and retention performance during the last 12 months has been particularly encouraging with whole Army strength increasing by over 1,600 personnel.Precise information on the details relating to individual regiments is not readily available, however I shall ensure the hon. Member receives the details when the information is available.

19.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on proposals for future numbers of infantry soldiers. [120561]

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on proposals to reduce the battalion strength of (a) the Royal Irish Regiment and (b) the Royal Anglians. [120644]

The Government do not have plans to reduce the battalion strength of the Royal Irish Regiment or the Royal Anglian Regiment.