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Military Personnel

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) actual and (b) establishment figures are for each regiment of the British regular infantry; (89635)

(2) what the (a) current and (b) establishment infantry manning levels are, broken down by (i) division and (ii) battalion.

Establishment figures for the Infantry are not generally compiled in terms of regiment (the description of the organisation beyond a single cap badge). The following table shows the currently recorded strengths and establishments of the Infantry by battalion, the fighting unit, and Infantry Division but does not include those members of the regiment serving outside the battalion.

Infantry trained strength and establishment of the regular Army and full time reserve service (FTRS) by battalion as at 1 August 2006

Battalion

1Strength

Establishment

Footguards

2,540

2,920

1 Grenadier Guards

540

570

1 Coldstream Guards

540

570

1 Scots Guards

470

640

1 Irish Guards

490

570

1 Welsh Guards

500

570

Scots Div

12,790

2,930

1 Royal Regiment of Scotland

1700

570

2 Royal Regiment of Scotland

1500

570

3 Royal Regiment of Scotland

1560

570

4 Royal Regiment of Scotland

1550

640

5 Royal Regiment of Scotland

1480

590

Queen’s Div

3,140

3,560

1 Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment

490

640

2 Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment

520

570

1 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

550

640

2 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

480

570

1 Royal Anglian Regiment

580

600

2 Royal Anglian Regiment

530

560

King’s Div

12,960

3,500

1 Yorkshire Regiment

1510

570

2 Yorkshire Regiment

1470

570

3 Yorkshire Regiment

1510

600

1 Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

1500

590

2 Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

1590

620

3 Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

1400

560

Prince of Wales Div

12,360

2,970

1 Cheshire Regiment

1460

570

1 Royal Welsh Regiment

1460

570

2 Royal Welsh Regiment

1470

640

1 Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment

1490

560

1 Staffordshire Regiment

1480

640

Light Div

13,060

3,510

1 Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, Light Infantry

1490

590

1 Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, Light Infantry

1450

560

1 Light Infantry

1570

640

2 Light Infantry

1520

570

1 Royal Green Jackets

1490

570

2 Royal Green Jackets

1530

600

Para

1,460

1,760

1 Parachute Regiment

460

580

2 Parachute Regiment

480

590

3 Parachute Regiment

520

590

1 Royal Irish Regiment

450

590

1 Royal Ghurkha Regiment

20

20

2 Royal Ghurkha Regiment

20

20

1 provisional, as some records are currently being updated to reflect recent and planned divisional and regimental Infantry changes.

Notes:

1. The establishment figures refer to the number of posts within a battalion that may be filled by Infantry personnel (officers and soldiers). Therefore, it excludes posts that are filled by attached personnel of other Arms and Services such as chefs, clerks, etc. Establishments will also vary depending on the particular role of a battalion; for example, Armoured Infantry battalions have larger establishments than light role Infantry battalions.

2. Strength figures include members of the Regiment serving with the battalion i.e. 2 Parachute Regiment (2 Para) includes Para personnel posted to 2 Para, it does not include other Infantry serving with the 2 Para or Para personnel posted away from the regiment. Strength figures also exclude attached Arm/Services.

3. The Guards Division strengths and establishments exclude the Public Duty Companies.

4. Figures are for trained Infantry Officers and Soldiers and include Infantry Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) personnel serving

with the battalions.

5. Royal Ghurkha Regiment figures are for the Regular Army Officers (UK Personnel) only and do not include the Ghurkhas.

6. Strength and Establishment figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Totals are rounded separately and therefore may not equal the sum of their parts.