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Army Numbers

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the troop numbers required to allow the army to operate effectively; and whether that requirement is being met. (94910)

Under future army structures, the established requirement for the British Army is 101,800 (as at 1 April 2008). Current manning levels are 98 per cent. of this requirement (as at 1 September 2006). Overall, the Army is able to meet current operational commitments.