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Armed Forces: Health

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) actual personnel medically fit for purpose total is for (i) each battalion of the infantry (ii) 1 Rifles, (iii) 40 Commando Royal Marines, (iv) 42 Commando Royal Marines and (v) 45 Commando Royal Marines. (250402)

[holding answer 22 January 2009]: The figures requested for the infantry are shown in the following table:

Div

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

Fit for purpose strength

Guards

1 Grenadier Guards

632

549

502

1 Coldstream Gds

626

511

511

1 Scots Guards

685

548

519

1 Irish Guards

633

602

575

1 Welsh Guards

626

584

540

Scots

1 Scots

630

554

508

2 Scots

627

476

451

3 Scots

629

575

546

4 Scots

686

588

538

5 Scots

657

561

535

Queens

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

682

683

657

2 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

623

524

503

1 Royal Regt Fusiliers

686

677

650

2 Royal Regt Fusiliers

623

505

423

1 Royal Anglian

658

733

710

2 Royal Anglian

629

627

613

Kings

1 Lancs

658

670

634

2 Lancs

612

607

570

1 Yorks

629

519

500

2 Yorks

623

489

469

3 Yorks

686

626

592

PoW

1 Mercian

628

523

487

2 Mercian

623

564

538

3 Mercian

658

594

541

1 Royal Welsh

623

543

522

2 Royal Welsh

686

625

579

Rifles

1 Rifles

534

542

477

2 Rifles

623

619

583

3 Rifles

623

634

628

4 Rifles

655

647

633

5 Rifles

686

712

672

RI

1 Royal Irish

650

571

528

Para

2 Para

648

677

624

3 Para

648

662

660

RGR

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

643

739

720

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

758

925

896

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 purpose strength

N Coy Grenadier Gds

108

109

105

7 Coy Coldstream Gds

108

90

90

F Coy Scots Guards

108

108

105

The figures in both tables include personnel filling all roles within each battalion, not just infantrymen. “Fit for purpose” has been interpreted as fit for primary role.

The figures for the Royal Marines Commandos Units specified are as follows:

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

Fit for purpose strength

40 Cdo RM

703

555

521

42 Cdo RM

703

703

649

45 Cdo RM

703

824

790