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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the (a) Armed Forces, (b) Army, (c) Navy and (d) RAF undertook military operations or other military tasks in each year since 1997. (119055)

Figures for the percentage of regular armed forces undertaking Operations and other Military Tasks are published in the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts and in quarterly public service agreement performance reports. Copies of the annual report and accounts are available in the Library of the House and also at:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/AnnualReports/

Copies of quarterly public service agreement performance reports are available on:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/FinancialReports/

Figures from 2001-02 to the second quarter of 2006-07 are shown in the following tables. These have been compiled from the MOD’s annual reports and Accounts, Spring and Autumn Performance Reports to Parliament, the MOD’s quarterly public service agreement performance reports and historic internal management data. Summary information for 1998-99 and 1999-2000 was published in the respective Ministry of Defence Performance Reports (CM4520, CM5000), copies of which are available in the Library of the House. This information was not compiled on a comparable basis to those set out as follows. Quarterly information for years predating the 1998 Strategic Defence Review is not held centrally.

The figures given in the tables report the percentage of regular armed forces undertaking Operations and other Military Tasks. These figures are quarterly averages and are calculated by comparing the number of personnel undertaking Operations and other Military Tasks against the total strength of each Service.

Percentage of regular armed forces undertaking Operations and other Military Tasks1 during 2006-072April to JuneJuly to SeptemberNaval Service12.616.6Army325.926.4RAF13.414.5Overall20.221.6 1 Includes activities such as nuclear deterrence, military aid to the Civil Authorities and to the Civil Powers in Northern Ireland, integrity of UK waters and airspace, defence and security of the Overseas Territories and of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and Defence Relations, Alliances and support to Wider British Interests.2 These figures are quarterly averages and reflect the burden of activity imposed by the operations and military tasks undertaken by each service. Figures are based on man-day equivalents.3 Percentages for Army personnel include those in preparation for and recovering from operations.

Percentage of regular armed forces undertaking Operations and other Military Tasks1 during 2005-062

April to June

July to September

October to December

January to March

Naval Service

11.6

9.3

12.1

13.5

Army3

21.0

22.0

22.8

25.1

RAF

13.3

11.9

12.3

13.4

Overall

18.0

17.5

18.7

19.8

1 Includes activities such as nuclear deterrence, military aid to the Civil Authorities and to the Civil Powers in Northern Ireland, integrity of UK waters and airspace, defence and security of the Overseas Territories and of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and Defence Relations, Alliances and support to Wider British Interests.

2 These figures are quarterly averages and reflect the burden of activity imposed by the operations and military tasks undertaken by each service. Figures are based on man-day equivalents.

3 Percentages for Army personnel include those in preparation for and recovering from operations.

Percentage of trained strength of regular forces deployed on Operations and other Military Tasks1 during 2004-052

April to June

July to September

October to December

January to March

Naval Service

16.8

13.2

13.3

11.6

Army3

23.7

22.1

21.4

21.2

RAF

11.8

12.0

13.5

13.4

Overall4

20

19

19

18

1 Includes activities such as nuclear deterrence, military aid to the Civil Authorities and to the Civil Powers in Northern Ireland, integrity of UK waters and airspace, defence and security of the Overseas Territories and of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and Defence Relations, Alliances and support to Wider British Interests.

2 These figures are quarterly averages and reflect the burden of activity imposed by the operations and military tasks undertaken by each service. Figures are based on man-day equivalents.

3 Percentages for Army personnel include those in preparation for and recovering from operations.

4 Overall figures are rounded to the nearest per cent.

Percentage of trained strength of regular forces deployed on Operations and other Military Tasks1 during 2003-042

April to June

July to September

October to December

January to March

Naval Service

18.7

12.8

14.0

17.7

Army3

46.9

23.2

22.9

22.6

RAF

16.5

13.0

12.9

12.1

Overall4

35

19

19

20

1 Includes activities such as nuclear deterrence, military aid to the Civil Authorities and to the Civil Powers in Northern Ireland, integrity of UK waters and airspace, defence and security of the Overseas Territories and of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and Defence Relations, Alliances and support to Wider British Interests.

2 These figures are quarterly averages and reflect the burden of activity imposed by the operations and military tasks undertaken by each service. Figures are based on man-day equivalents.

3 Percentages for Army personnel include those in preparation for and recovering from operations.

4 Overall figures are rounded to the nearest per cent.

Percentage of trained strength of regular forces deployed on Operations and other Military Tasks1 during 2002-032

April to June

July to September

October to December

January to March

Naval Service

17.5

13.0

16.5

28.5

Army3

24.6

23.9

32.5

55.6

RAF

12.6

10.9

19.1

21.8

Overall4

20

18

26

43

1 Includes activities such as nuclear deterrence, military aid to the Civil Authorities and to the Civil Powers in Northern Ireland, integrity of UK waters and airspace, defence and security of the Overseas Territories and of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and Defence Relations, Alliances and support to Wider British Interests.

2 These figures are quarterly averages and reflect the burden of activity imposed by the operations and military tasks undertaken by each service. Figures are based on man-day equivalents.

3 Percentages for Army personnel include those in preparation for and recovering from operations.

4 Overall figures are rounded to the nearest percent.

Percentage of trained strength of regular forces deployed on Operations and other Military Tasks1 during 2001-022,3

April to June

July to September

October to December

January to March

Naval Service

9.5

8.4

16.7

15.7

Army4

21.8

25.6

26.3

23.9

RAF

11.9

12.2

13.6

13.1

Overall5

19

19

23

20

1 Includes activities such as nuclear deterrence, military aid to the Civil Authorities and to the Civil Powers in Northern Ireland, integrity of UK waters and airspace, defence and security of the Overseas Territories and of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Areas and Defence Relations, Alliances and support to Wider British Interests.

2 These figures are quarterly averages and reflect the burden of activity imposed by the operations and military tasks undertaken by each service. Figures are based on man-day equivalents.

3 2001-02 figures include personnel on Exercise SAIF SAREEA II.

4 Percentages for Army personnel include those in preparation for and recovering from operations.

5 Overall figures are rounded to the nearest per cent.