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Service Personnel: Fitness for Duty

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence How many (a) officers and (b) personnel in other ranks in each regular infantry and Royal Marine battalion were unfit for duty at the latest date for which figures are available. (253658)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: Unfit for duty has been interpreted as medically unfit to perform any duty. Personnel unfit for duty in their primary role but who can perform a role in an alternative capacity are not included in the following tables.

The figures given include personnel filling all roles within each battalion, not just infantrymen. Separate figures for officers and soldiers are not held centrally.

As at 1 December 2008, the figures requested for the infantry were:

Div

Unit

Number of personnel unfit for duty

Guards

1 Grenadier Gds

5

1 Coldstream Gds

0

1 Scots Guards

5

1 Irish Guards

7

1 Welsh Guards

5

Scots

1 Scots

2

2 Scots

4

3 Scots

2

4 Scots

28

5 Scots

13

Queens

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

4

2 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

8

1 Royal Regt Fusiliers

6

2 Royal Regt Fusiliers

32

1 Royal Anglian

4

2 Royal Anglian

1

Kings

1 Lancs

11

2 Lancs

4

1 Yorks

9

2 Yorks

1

3 Yorks

4

PoW

1 Mercian

0

2 Mercian

3

3 Mercian

8

1 Royal Welsh

4

2 Royal Welsh

13

Rifles

1 Rifles

10

2 Rifles

11

3 Rifles

2

4 Rifles

2

5 Rifles

0

RI

1 Royal Irish

11

Para

2 Para

30

3 Para

0

RGR

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

8

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

0

1 1 Rifles data are as at 29 January 2009.

In addition, there are three incremental guards companies that are primarily for public duties but can also be used to augment the other guards battalions as required:

Unit

Number of personnel unfit for duty

N Coy Grenadier Gds

0

7 Coy Coldstream Gds

0

F Coy Scots Gds

0

As at 29 January 2009, the figures for the Royal Marines Commando Units were:

Unit

Number of personnel unit for duty

40 Cdo RM

0

42 Cdo RM

0

45 Cdo RM

3