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Army: Deployment

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour interval for each battalion of the infantry was in the most recent period for which information is available. (234220)

Historical data to support the calculation of average tour intervals for each infantry battalion is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The current tour intervals for individual infantry battalions are shown, giving an average tour interval of 22 months for the infantry as a whole.

Unit deployed

Last operational deployment (as a unit)

Start date

Previous operational deployment (as a unit)

End date

Last unit tour interval (months)

Infantry

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

September 2006

8

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Afghanistan

October 2007

Iraq

October 2005

23

1st Battalion Scots Guards

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

April 2005

31

1st Battalion Irish Guards

Iraq

June 2007

Northern Ireland

March 2004

38

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Balkans

October 2006

Iraq

April 2005

17

1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland1

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

May 2006

17

2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2005

29

3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Iraq

July 2004

Iraq

June 2003

12

4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

May 2006

25

5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Afghanistan

April 2008

Balkans

October 2005

29

1st Battalion The Princess Of Wales’ Royal Regiment

Iraq

May 2006

Iraq

October 2004

18

2nd Battalion The Princess Of Wales’ Royal Regiment

Iraq

January 2005

Northern Ireland

December 2003

12

1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

May 2006

25

2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Northern Ireland

April 2003

Northern Ireland

June 2002

9

1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

October 2005

18

2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

October 2006

20

1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment2

Iraq

December 2007

n/a

2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment2

Iraq

November 2006

n/a

1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

Iraq

November 2006

Balkans

September 2004

25

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

Afghanistan

October 2007

Balkans

September 2006

13

3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

Iraq

November 2004

Balkans

June 2001

40

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh

Cyprus (Theatre Reserve Battalion)

May 2007

Northern Ireland

January 2006

15

2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh

Iraq

June 2007

Iraq

October 2005

19

1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

October 2004

37

2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

Afghanistan

May 2007

Afghanistan

April 2005

24

3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

Iraq

November 2006

Iraq

October 2005

12

1st Battalion The Rifles3

Iraq

November 2006

Afghanistan

October 2008

24

2nd Battalion The Rifles

Iraq

November 2006

Northern Ireland

September 2004

25

3rd Battalion The Rifles

Iraq

September 2006

Northern Ireland

March 2005

17

4th Battalion The Rifles

Iraq

June 2007

Balkans

October 2001

67

5th Battalion The Rifles

Iraq

May 2006

Iraq

April 2004

24

1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2005

29

2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

April 2006

24

3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment

Afghanistan

April 2008

Afghanistan

October 2006

18

1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Regiment

Afghanistan

October 2007

Balkans

March 2006

18

2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Regiment

Afghanistan

October 2008

Afghanistan

October 2005

37

1 1 RS and 1 KOSB amalgamated to form 1 SCOTS in August 2006. 1 SCOTS deployed for the first time as a formed unit to Iraq in December 2007.

2 1 KORBR, 1 KINGS and QLR amalgamated in July 2006 to form 1 LANCS and 2 LANCS. Because of the nature of this amalgamation it is not representative to carry forward the unit deployments of 1 KORBR, 1 KINGS and QLR to 1 LANCS and 2 LANCS.

3 1 RGBW and 1 DDLI amalgamated in March 2007 to form 1 RIFLES. 1 RIFLES has deployed for the first time as a formed unit in October 2008 on Herrick 9.