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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces will be on active duty abroad on 25 December 2008, broken down by location. (241982)

The endorsed force level for UK military operations are set out in the table. While we do not routinely comment on future troop deployments, we have no reason to believe these figures will change significantly by 25 December 2008.

Location

Endorsed number (at 5 December 2008)1

Afghanistan

8,050

Southern Iraq

4,100

Baghdad2

250

At sea

1,050

Falklands/South Atlantic

1,500

Qatar

700

Cyprus

300

Kuwait

550

Kosovo

150

Bahrain

50

Bosnia

Less than 50

Other3

150

1 Rounded.

2 Providing support to the Senior British Military Representative—Iraq.

3 Small scale deployments in support of EU and UN missions, and headquarters liaison officers.

The precise number of personnel in each theatre at any one time fluctuates on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including mid-tour rest and recuperation, temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement of forces, visits and other factors.