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Army: Manpower

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) actual personnel medically fit for purpose strength for each battalion of the infantry is. (211957)

The figures requested are shown in the following table:

Division

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

Fit for purpose strength

Guards

1 Grenadier Guards

580

491

429

1 Coldstream Gds

627

563

505

1 Scots Guards

760

595

485

1 Irish Guards

636

570

481

1 Welsh Guards

631

588

515

Scots

1 Scots

633

628

534

2 Scots

566

449

405

3 Scots

535

470

389

4 Scots

760

642

562

5 Scots

654

560

514

Queens

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

760

658

625

2 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

616

578

481

1 Royal Regt Fusiliers

753

649

613

2 Royal Regt Fusiliers

623

530

469

1 Royal Anglian

670

691

592

2 Royal Anglian

627

629

582

Kings

1 Lancs

741

666

569

2 Lancs

664

737

679

1 Yorks

633

541

505

2.YORKS

627

501

428

3 Yorks

684

547

453

PoW

1 Mercian

627

513

436

2 Mercian

620

555

510

3 Mercian

690

564

467

1 Royal Welsh

625

509

438

2 Royal Welsh

756

647

543

Rifles

1 Rifles

633

627

572

2 Rifles

615

584

507

3 Rifles

625

602

563

4 Rifles

702

684

566

5 Rifles

760

700

613

RI

1 Royal Irish

654

516

453

Para

2 Para

654

646

589

3 Para

654

607

574

RGR

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

643

759

681

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

822

913

839

In addition to the battalions shown in the previous table there are three incremental Guards companies which are primarily for public duties but which can also be used to augment the other Guards battalions as required:

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

Fit for purpose strength

N Coy Grenadier Gds

108

111

99

7 Coy Coldstream Gds

108

105

95

F Coy Scots Guards

108

127

112

The figures in both tables include personnel filling all roles within each battalion, not just infantrymen. Fit for purpose has been interpreted as fit for primary role.