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Reserve Forces: Manpower

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel there are in each service of the volunteer reserves; and what the equivalent figures were for 1997. (249696)

Data on the number of personnel in each service of the volunteer reserves as at 1 April 2008 and 1 April 1997 are available in Table 2.17 of UK Defence Statistics 2008 (UKDS), which can be found at:

Copies of UKDS are also available in the Library of the House.

In addition, DASA produces an Army Personnel Statistics Report on a monthly basis, which includes the Territorial Army. The total number of personnel in the Territorial Army (TA) as at 1 November 2008 was 35,9201, 2. There are no equivalent publications for the Naval Service or Royal Air Force, therefore the latest available data for these services are those published in UKDS.

1 Due to ongoing data validation issues within the Joint Personnel Administration system, TA figures are provisional and subject to review.

2 Denotes provisional.