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Territorial Army: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) trained requirement, (b) actual strength and (c) numbers fit for duty is for each infantry battalion of the Territorial Army. (258879)

As at 1 January 2009, the trained requirement and actual strength of Territorial Army battalions was as follows:

Battalion

Trained requirement

Actual strength

3rd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regt

480

450

7th Battalion the Rifles

460

510

4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regt (King’s Lancashire and Border)

500

560

3rd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regt (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires)

460

320

3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh

460

370

7th Battalion the Royal Regt of Scotland

530

390

The London Regt

420

320

5th Battalion the Royal Regt of Fusiliers

460

360

4th Battalion the Parachute Regt

400

380

6th Battalion the Royal Regt of Scotland

430

270

4th Battalion the Mercian Regt

670

600

4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regt

530

400

6th Battalion the Rifles

480

380

2nd Battalion the Royal Irish Regt

430

410

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Information on number of ‘fit for duty’ personnel is not recorded for the Territorial Army and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.