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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) trained requirement, (b) trained strength and (c) numbers fit for duty are of (i) Territorial Army staff, (ii) Royal Armoured Corps, (iii) Royal Artillery, (iv) Royal Engineers, (v) Royal Signals, (vi) Infantry, (vii) Army Air Corps, (viii) Royal Army Chaplains Department, (ix) Royal Logistics Corps, (x) Royal Army Medical Corps, (xi) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, (xii) Adjutant General’s Corps, (xiii) Royal Army Veterinary Corps, (xiv) Small Arms School Corps, (xv) Royal Army Dentistry Corps, (xvi) Intelligence Corps, (xvii) Army Physical Training Corps and (xviii) Queen Alexandra’s Royal Auxiliary Nursing Corps are. (257775)

In the following table, the trained requirement figures requested are shown by the funded liability. Fit for duty figures are not held centrally, however, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1117-118W, to the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin) which provides infantry figures:

Organisation

Funded liability

Trained strength

Territorial Army

42,000

36,005

Royal Armoured Corps

5,823

5,570

Royal Artillery

7,512

7,170

Royal Engineers

9,367

19,717

Infantry2

24,535

23,135

Army Air Corps

2,034

2,034

Royal Army Chaplains Department

147

130

Royal Logistics Corps

15,553

14,990

Royal Army Medical Corps

3,354

2,980

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

9,895

9,390

Adjutant

Provost

1,748

1,720

Staff and Personnel Support

3,819

3,500

General’s Corps

Educational and Training Services

315

340

Army Legal Services

109

109

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

216

3280

Small Arms School Corps

140

150

Royal Army Dentistry Corps

436

380

Intelligence Corps

1,607

1,440

Army Physical Training Corps

432

350

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Auxiliary Nursing Corps

1,146

830

1Provisional

2Excludes Gurkhas

3Reflects increased operational requirements