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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel are deployed on operations, broken down by location. (205127)

The following table shows the number of UK service personnel deployed on operations by location at 28 April 2008. 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.

Number of personnel deployed by location1

Location

Number

Total

14,410

of which:

Afghanistan

8,900

Iraq

4,000

Qatar

410

Cyprus

280

Kuwait

260

Oman

210

Kosovo

140

At Sea

80

Bahrain

80

Other

40

1 Countries with 10 or more personnel are shown separately. Other countries with fewer than 10 personnel per Country include Bosnia, Georgia, Nepal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia. With the exception of Bosnia, personnel in these countries are participating in smaller UN operations, e.g. we contribute five military personnel to the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG).

Notes:

1. Figures for Iraq and Afghanistan have been rounded to the nearest 100 for operational security reasons. Other figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to rounding, the total is not equal to the sum of the individual locations.

2. Figures for Afghanistan are artificially high due to the handover period while a Relief In Place (RIP) is in operation. The operational establishment for Afghanistan is 7,800.