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Deployment

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marine, (c) Army, (d) RAF and (e) civilian personnel in his Department are stationed abroad; and in which countries. (110394)

The information is given in the following tables:

Global location of UK regular forces at 1 October 2006

Location

Royal Navy

Royal Marines

Army

RAF1

Afghanistan

100

40

2

2

Australia

20

2

20

10

Bahrain

20

2

2

2

Balkans

20

2

2

2

Belgium

60

10

140

150

Belize

2

2

80

2

British Indian Ocean Territory (inc. Diego Garcia)

20

20

2

2

Brunei

10

2

180

10

Canada

20

2

230

30

Cyprus

40

2

1,830

1,100

Czech Republic

2

2

20

2

Denmark

2

2

2

10

Falkland Islands

60

2

240

40

France

10

2

20

10

Germany

20

10

21,270

370

Ghana

2

2

10

2

Gibraltar

200

2

50

90

Gulf

10

2

2

2

Iraq

80

30

2

2

Italy

110

10

50

80

Kenya

2

2

30

2

Kuwait

2

2

30

10

Nepal

2

2

20

2

Netherlands

30

10

100

90

Norway

20

2

10

30

Oman

20

2

40

20

Portugal

20

2

10

20

Saudi Arabia

10

2

10

50

Sierra Leone

2

2

80

2

Slovakia

2

2

10

2

South Africa

2

2

10

2

Spain

2

2

10

10

Turkey

2

2

10

30

USA

100

10

120

180

Elsewhere3

30

2

90

40

Unknown4

2

2

20

2

Grand total

1,030

180

24,760

2,420

1 Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF, location data for 1 April 2006 are provisional and subject to review.

2 Denotes zero or rounded to zero.

3 “Elsewhere” includes all locations where five or less service personnel are stationed.

4 “Unknown” Army personnel are those known to be abroad but who are recorded against the Y List (as such, the location of these personnel cannot be determined from centrally available databases). Personnel are assigned to the Y List when they are temporarily non effective for defined reasons including terminal leave, maternity and long term detention.

Notes:

1. UK Regular Forces includes nursing services and excludes full-time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reservists and Naval Activated Reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

2. RAF data are situated at 1 April 2006. Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF, location data after 1 April 2006 are unavailable.

3. Location is based on the posted location of the unit/posting which an individual is recorded against. Personnel deployed on operations to an area away from their posted unit location are shown against their posted unit location.

4. Personnel in naval parties are classed as posted to the naval party and so are shown against the location of the naval party.

5. Locations shown are those where more than five service personnel are stationed.

6. Personnel who are overseas temporarily are recorded against the location of their home port/unit.

7. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

Source:

DASA (Tri-Service)

Global location of civilian personnel at 1 October 2006

Location at 1 October 2006

Civilian staff in full-time equivalent (FTE) terms

Afghanistan

320

Australia

10

Balkans

660

Belgium

150

Belize

170

Brunei

310

Canada

10

Cyprus

2,820

Falkland Islands

60

France

30

Germany

8,680

Ghana

30

Gibraltar

1,030

Greece

10

India

10

Iraq

1,400

Italy

50

Kenya

180

Malaysia

10

Nepal

370

Netherlands

50

Portugal

10

Saudi Arabia

30

Sierra Leone

190

Singapore

30

South Atlantic

10

Turkey

10

USA

190

Elsewhere1

330

Grand total

17,160

1 “Elsewhere” includes all locations where five or less FTE are stationed, plus 180 staff serving afloat.

Notes:

1. Figures include locally engaged civilians and UK staff posted abroad. Postings abroad include any staff recorded centrally as employed outside the United Kingdom at 1 October 2006.

2. Locations shown are those where more than five FTE are stationed.

3. Figures are shown in full-time equivalent terms i.e. part-timers are counted proportionately based on number of hours worked.

4. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

Source:

DASA (Civilian)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what locations British troops are (a) deployed and (b) stationed; and how many troops are deployed or stationed at each location. (110431)

Location statistics may be compiled based on posted (stationed) location or deployed location. Posted (stationed) location is where an individual is permanently based. Deployed location is where an individual is physically located at a particular point in time and is typically used for short tours of duty.

The following table shows the number of personnel deployed on operations by operation at 1 January 2007. The individual location could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Operation

Number of personnel deployed

Telic

7,020

Herrick

5,700

Oculus

630

UN operations

290

Total

13,640

The strength of UK regular forces posted outside the UK is available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 6—“Global Location of UK Regular Forces”. The strength of UK regular forces posted in the UK by Government office region and local authority is available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 10—“UK Regular Forces Distribution across UK”. Reliable data below local authority are not available centrally.

TSP 6 and 10 are published quarterly; the most recent publications show the numbers of service personnel at 1 October 2006.

Copies of TSP 6 and 10 are available in the Library of the House and at:

www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tsp6/tsp6_oct06.pdf

and

www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tsp10/tsp10tab1.html

respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British forces are deployed overseas; what the cost has been of such overseas deployment in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of overseas deployments in 1996-97. (117477)

[holding answer 23 January 2007]: As at 9 January 2007 there were 14,100 military personnel deployed overseas on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. The total cost of these operations in 2005-06 was £1,220 million. The total cost of operations in 1996-97 was £253 million.