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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were serving as part of (a) UN and (b) NATO forces at the latest date for which figures are available; and where such forces are stationed. (203656)

As at 28 April 2008 there were 300 UK service personnel deployed on UN operations, 280 of whom were located in Cyprus. Other locations include Georgia, Nepal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.

As at 28 April 2008 there were 9,050 UK service personnel serving as part of NATO forces, of which 8,900 were located in Afghanistan and 150 were located in the Balkans region.

The figure for Afghanistan is artificially high due to the handover period while Relief In Place (RIP) is in operation. The number of personnel in theatre will naturally fluctuate on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including leave (rest and recuperation), temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement of forces and other factors.