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Royal Marines

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the number of personnel in the Royal Marines was on (a) 1 December 1997 and (b) 1 December 2006. (113065)

The number of personnel in the Royal Marines in December 1997 and November 2006 (the latest date for which figures are available) is as follows:

December 1997

November 20061,2

Total

6,790

7,450

Officers

690

810

Trained

610

670

Untrained

80

140

Ratings

6,100

6,640

Trained

5,450

5,820

Untrained

660

820

1 December 2006 figures have not yet been compiled, hence data for November 2006 are provided.

2 Due to a new personnel administration system being introduced to the naval service during October 2006, the figures for November 2006 are provisional and subject to revision.