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Cyprus: Military Bases

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have been stationed in the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in each year since 2002. (252911)

A breakdown of figures for the two sovereign areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia is not available. The following table shows the total number of UK service personnel stationed in Cyprus as at 1 April each year:

Total in Cyprus

2002

3,460

2003

1

2004

1

2005

3,170

2006

3,040

2007

22,950

2008

22,780

1 Data not available. 2 Provisional due to on-going validation of data.

Location statistics between 2003 and 2004 were suspended due to concerns over data quality.

Data for 2002 include deployed and stationed personnel; from 2005 onwards data are for stationed personnel only.

The UK regular forces stationed location figures are available in UKDS. The latest published figures are available at:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/applications/newWeb/www/index.php?page=48&thiscontent=1610&date=2008-10-01&pubType=1&PublishTime=09:30:00&from=home&tabOption=3