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Army: Deployment

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average tour interval for each battalion in the (a) infantry and (b) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was in the latest period for which figures are available; (200943)

(2) what the average tour interval was for each regiment in the (a) Royal Artillery, (b) Royal Engineers, (c) Royal Logistic Corps and (d) Royal Corps of Signals in the latest period for which figures are available.

Historical data to support the calculation of the average tour interval for each battalion or regiment of the infantry or the Royal Artillery are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

As at 1 April 2008, the last tour interval for each battalion of the infantry and each regiment of the Royal Artillery is shown in the following tables.

Infantry unit tour intervals

Unit deployed

Last operational deployment (as a unit)

Start date

Previous operational deployment (as a unit)

End date

Last unit tour interval (months)

1 Gren GDS

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

September 2006

8

1 Coldm GDS

Afghanistan

October 2007

Iraq

October 2005

23

1 SG

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

April 2005

31

1 IG

Iraq

June 2007 _

Northern Ireland

March 2004

38

1 WG

Balkans

October 2006

Iraq

Apr 2005

17

1 Scots (1 RS)1

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

May 2006

18

1 Scots (1 KOSB)1

Iraq

December 2007

Northern Ireland

July 2006

16

2 Scots

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

October 2004

41

3 Scots

Iraq

July 2004

Iraq

June 2003

12

4 Scots

Iraq

November 2005

Balkans

October 2003

24

5 Scots

Afghanistan

April 2008

Balkans

October 2005

29

1 PWRR

Iraq

May 2006

Iraq

October 2004

18

2 PWRR

Iraq

January 2005

Northern Ireland

December 2003

12

1 RRF

Iraq

November 2005

Iraq

June 2003

28

2 RRF

Northern Ireland

April 2003

Northern Ireland

June 2002

9

1 R Anglian

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

October 2005

18

2 R Anglian

Iraq

May 2006

Afghanistan

October 2003

30

1 Korbr2

Iraq

November 2005

Balkans

October 2000

60

1 Kings2

Iraq

July 2003

Prior to January 1999

QLR2

Iraq

July 2003

Northern Ireland

September 2001

21

1 Lancs2

Iraq

December 2007

n/a

2 Lancs2

Iraq

November 2006

n/a

1 Yorks

Iraq

November 2006

Balkans

September 2004

25

2 Yorks

Afghanistan

October 2007

Balkans

September 2006

12

3 Yorks

Iraq

November 2004

Balkans

June 2001

40

1 R Welsh

Cyprus (Theatre Reserve Battalion)

May 2007

Northern Ireland

January 2006

15

2 R Welsh

Iraq

June 2007

Iraq

October 2005

19

1 Mercian

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

October 2004

37

2 Mercian

Afghanistan

May 2007

Afghanistan

April 2005

24

3 Mercian

Iraq

November 2006

Iraq

October 2005

12

1 Rifles (1 RGBW)3

Afghanistan

October 2005

Northern Ireland

July 2003

26

1 Rifles (1 D&D)3

Iraq

May 2006

Northern Ireland

March 2001

61

1 Rifles

2 Rifles

Iraq

November 2006

Northern Ireland

September 2004

25

3 Rifles

Iraq

September 2006

Northern Ireland

March 2005

17

4 Rifles

Iraq

June 2007

Balkans

October 2001

67

5 Rifles

Iraq

May 2006

Iraq

April 2004

24

1R Irish

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2005

27

1 Para4

Northern Ireland

March 2005

Iraq

June 2003

20

2 Para

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

April 2006

23

3 Para

Afghanistan

April 2008

Afghanistan

October 2006

17

1 RGR

Afghanistan

October 2007

Balkans

March 2006

18

2 RGR

Afghanistan

April 2005

Afghanistan

April 2004

11

1 1 RS and 1 KOSB amalgamated to form 1 Scots in August 2006. 1 Scots is to deploy for the first time as a formed unit to Iraq in December 2007. For the purposes of this question, 1 Scots was counted as one unit with a tour interval of 17 months.

2 1 Korbr, 1 Kings and QLR amalgamated in July 2006 to form 1 Lancs and 2 Lancs. Operation Telic 11 will be the first unit operational deployment for 1 Lancs. Because of the nature of this amalgamation, it is not representative to calculate the average tour intervals of 1 Lancs and 2 Lancs based on the previous operational deployments of 1 Korbr, 1 Kings and QLR, as such for the purpose of this question, no unit tour interval value for 1 Korbr, 1 Kings, QLR, 1 Lancs or 2 Lancs was included in the calculation.

3 1 RGBW and 1 DDLI amalgamated in March 2007 to form 1 Rifles. 1 Rifles has yet to deploy as a formed unit. For the purposes of this question, 1 Rifles was counted as one unit with a tour interval of 43.5 months.

4 1 Para transferred to directorate special forces in August 2005 and for the purposes of this question, no unit tour interval value was included in the calculation.

Royal Artillery unit tour intervals

Unit deployed

Last operational deployment (as a unit)

Start date

Previous operational deployment (as a unit)

End date

Last unit tour interval (months)

1 RHA

Iraq

June 2007

Cyprus

September 2005

20

3 RHA

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

April 2006

19

4 Regt RA

Afghanistan

October 2007

Cyprus

September 2006

12

7 Para RHA

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2003

51

19 Regt RA

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

October 2005

18

26 Regt RA

Iraq

May 2006

Cyprus

April 2005

12

29 Cdo Regt RA

Afghanistan

October2006

Iraq

May 2003

40

40 Regt RA

Iraq

November 2006

Cyprus

September 2004

25

The unit tour interval is a less relevant measure when applied to the Corps of Royal Engineers, Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. This is due to the frequency with which personnel move between formed units within these Corps (the personnel deployed with a unit will be substantially different from the personnel deployed with the same unit on a previous occasion). Unit tour interval data for these Corps are not therefore, routinely collated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what period has elapsed since personnel serving with 2nd Battalion The Rifles were last deployed on operations. (204560)

2 Rifles are due to deploy to Kosovo shortly. Their previous deployment was to Iraq from November 2006 to March 2007.