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Infantry: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) full strength and (b) actual number of deployable troops is of each infantry battalion; and if he will make a statement. (257345)

The figures requested are shown in the following table:

Division

Unit

Actual strength

Number of deployable troops

Guards

1 Grenadier Guards

549

494

1 Coldstream Guards

511

490

1 Scots Guards

548

515

1 Irish Guards

602

528

1 Welsh Guards

584

492

Scots

1 Scots

554

486

2 Scots

476

391

3 Scots

575

512

4 Scots

588

507

5 Scots

561

494

Queen's

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

683

600

2 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

524

491

1 Royal Regt Fusiliers

677

629

2 Royal Regt Fusiliers

505

412

1 Royal Anglian

733

683

2 Royal Anglian

627

568

King’s

1 Lancs

670

609

2 Lancs

607

527

1 Yorks

519

457

2 Yorks

489

430

3 Yorks

626

540

PoW

1 Mercian

523

468

2 Mercian

564

476

3 Mercian

594

528

1 Royal Welsh

543

494

2 Royal Welsh

625

521

Rifles

1 Rifles

542

477

2 Rifles

619

518

3 Rifles

634

602

4 Rifles

647

558

5 Rifles

712

613

RI

1 Royal Irish

571

477

Para

2 Para

677

588

3 Para

662

605

RGR

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

739

713

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

925

895

In addition to the battalions shown in the table 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

Actual strength

Number of deployable troops

Nijmegen Coy Grenadier Guards

109

99

7 Coy Coldstream Guards

90

88

F Coy Scots Guards

108

98

The figures in both tables include personnel filling all roles within each battalion, not just infantrymen. Some of these roles are by their nature non-deployable, for instance forming part of the rear party of a deployed unit.