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Falkland Islands

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the incidents involving Argentinian military personnel and (a) British troops and (b) Falkland Islands residents in the past six years. [129906]

The armed forces of the United Kingdom and Argentina participate in a range of joint activities as part of a bilateral defence relations programme. We are unaware of any significant incidents between Argentinian military personnel and our own armed forces or residents of the Falkland Islands.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) fisheries protection vessels and (b) maritime patrol aircraft have been operational in the Falkland Islands in each of the past six years. [129908]

Fisheries Protection Vessels are provided by the Falklands Islands Government. In addition, the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel is permanently stationed in the Falkland Islands, with the exception of short absences for visits and maintenance periods in South America. Maritime air patrol tasks are undertaken by assets permanently stationed in the Falkland Islands (currently a C-130 and a VC-10), and on various occasions over the past six years specialist maritime patrol aircraft have also been deployed to the Falkland Islands.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in the Falkland Islands has been in each of the last six years. [129910]

Force level in the Falkland Islands for each of the past six years, broken down by service, are shown in the following table. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10, and, due to rounding methods used, totals may not equal the sum of the individual components.

April 1997

April 1998

April 1999

April 2000

April 2001

April 2002

October 2002

Naval Service26010050270404040
Army620600640580680640480
RAF900850860770740670670
Total1,7901,5501,5501,6201,4601,3501,200