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Territorial Army: Northern Ireland

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel from Northern Ireland took part in active service outside the United Kingdom in each of the last five years. (205937)

The number of Territorial Army (TA) personnel, with their permanent residence in Northern Ireland, who have been mobilised for operations or in support of operations outside the United Kingdom in each year since 2003 is as follows:

Number of TA personnel mobilised

2003

280

2004

173

2005

70

2006

23

2007

108

2008 (as at 15 May 2008)

43

The duration of mobilised service is generally 11 and a half months (invariably spanning two calendar years) and includes a period of pre-deployment training and integration, the operational tour itself, decompression, demobilisation and a mandatory period of post operational leave.