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Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members and what percentage of the (a) Territorial Army, (b) Royal Navy Reserve, (c) Royal Marine Reserve and (d) Royal Auxiliary Air Force were available for deployment at the most recent date for which figures are available. (227878)

Availability for mobilisation is dependant on a number of factors, in particular which section of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 is being used to make a Call-Out Order. Therefore, while reservists may be unavailable for mobilisation under one section of the Act, they will be available under another. This effectively means that nearly all reservists remain available for mobilisation.

As at 30 September 2008 the following Volunteer Reserve personnel were available for mobilisation:

Royal Navy Reserve: 2,077

Royal Marines Reserve: 858

Territorial Army: 28,920

Royal Auxiliary Air Force: 1,599

These figures exclude those serving on full time reserve service and members of the sponsored reserve.