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Army: Deployment

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers were on active operations overseas in each year since 1997; and what percentage of the Army this represented in each year. (197373)

The following table shows the number and percentage of UK army personnel deployed on operations at a specific point in time.

Number deployed on operations

Percentage of trained strength1 deployed

4 January 2006

7,900

8.1

1 January 2007

9,200

9.7

3 January 2008

9,400

10.0

1 Trained strength as at 1 January in each year.

Due to the manual nature of the data collection, comparable reliable figures are not available prior to December 2005 when a review of the data collation process was undertaken.