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Armed Forces: Officers

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officers in the armed forces were serving abroad at the most recent date for which figures are available. (213161)

Figures for the stationed location of UK regular forces are available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 10: “UK Regular Forces stationed location”.

Information by rank of those who are serving abroad is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officers in the armed forces occupy service accommodation as their main place of residence. (213162)

Information on whether service accommodation is the main residence of the officers concerned is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officers there were in each of the services in each year since 1997. (213163)

Information on the strength of the UK regular forces by rank is published in table 2 of Tri-Service Publication 9, “UK Regular Forces Rank Structure” (TSP 9). Copies of the most recent and historical publications can be found at:

www.dasa.mod.uk

In TSP 9, 4 star officers are referred to as OF-9, 3 star officers as OF-8, 2 star officers as OF-7 and 1 star officers as OF-6. 1997 data are not available on our website and are provided in the following table:

UK regular strength of 1 to 4 star officers, at 1 April 1997

1 star

2 star

3 star

4 star

Naval Service

82

30

9

4

Army

170

43

10

6

RAF

95

34

8

5

Notes: 1. Figures less than 100 have been left unrounded so as not to obscure the data. 2. Those above 100 have been rounded to the nearest 10.