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Army: Manpower

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for task strength of each battalion of the infantry is. (226906)

The figures requested are shown in the following tables.

The figures in both tables include personnel filling all roles within each battalion, not just infantrymen. Fit for task has been defined as fully deployable, and thus excludes those who may be fit to perform rear party duty.

This answer differs to the one I gave to the hon. Member on 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1091W, primarily because the figures also take account of personnel listed as being of limited deployability or non-deployable for non-medical reasons.

Div

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

Fit for task strength

Guards

1 Grenadier Guards

580

491

410

1 Coldstream Gds

627

563

491

1 Scots Guards

760

595

485

1 Irish Guards

636

570

419

1 Welsh Guards

631

588

515

Scots

1 Scots

633

628

507

2 Scots

566

449

405

3 Scots

535

470

348

4 Scots

760

642

448

5 Scots

654

560

448

Queens

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

760

658

549

2 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

625

538

478

1 Royal Regt Fusiliers

753

649

580

2 Royal Regt Fusiliers

623

530

457

1 Royal Anglian

670

691

518

2 Royal Anglian

627

629

511

Kings

1 Lancs

741

666

566

2 Lancs

664

737

669

1 Yorks

633

541

505

2 Yorks

627

501

423

3 Yorks

684

547

421

PoW

1 Mercian

627

513

417

2 Mercian

620

555

477

3 Mercian

690

564

402

1 Royal Welsh

625

545

453

2 Royal Welsh

756

647

475

Rifles

2 Rifles

615

584

484

3 Rifles

625

602

556

4 Rifles

702

684

528

5 Rifles

760

700

553

RI

1 Royal Irish

654

516

414

Para

2 Para

654

646

585

3 Para

654

607

566

RGR

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

643

759

586

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

822

913

831

In addition to the battalions shown above 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 task strength

N Coy Grenadier Gds

108

111

93

7 Coy Coldstream Gds

108

105

90

F Coy Scots Guards

108

127

107