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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) endorsed number, (b) actual number and (c) location was of all UK personnel deployed on operations on 1 January 2009. (249735)

The endorsed force levels for UK military operations are set out in the following table by location.

Location

Endorsed number (at 1 January 2009)1

Afghanistan2

8,050

Southern Iraq

4,100

Baghdad3

250

At sea

1,050

Falklands/South Atlantic

1,500

Qatar

700

Cyprus

300

Kuwait

550

Kosovo

150

Bahrain

50

Bosnia

<50

Other4

100

1 Rounded to 50

2 On 15 December 2008, the Prime Minister announced a temporary increase in the number of British troops deployed to Afghanistan, from just over 8,050 to 8,300, Official Report, column 816. The endorsed figure for Operation Herrick 9 remains unaffected.

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

4 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 very significantly 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 a range of other factors. We do not therefore publish actual figures for personnel deployed in theatre.