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Army: Deployment

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour interval of each infantry battalion in the Army was in the latest period for which figures are available. (269190)

The average tour interval for the infantry as a whole is 26 months. The current tour intervals for individual infantry battalions are provided in the following table:

Unit deployed

Last operational deployment (as a unit)

Start date

Previous operational deployment (as a unit)

End date

Last unit tour interval (months)

1 Grenadier Guards

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

September 2006

8

1 Coldstream Guards

Afghanistan

October 2007

Iraq

October 2005

23

1 Scots Guards

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

April 2005

31

1 Irish Guards

Iraq

June 2007

Northern Ireland

March 2004

38

1 Welsh Guards

Afghanistan

April 2009

Balkans

April 2007

24

1 Scots1

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

May 2006

17

2 Scots

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2005

28

3 Scots

Afghanistan

April 2009

Iraq

January 2005

51

4 Scots

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

May 2006

25

5 Scots

Afghanistan

April 2008

Balkans

October 2005

29

1 PWRR

Iraq

December 2008

Iraq

December 2006

24

2 PWRR

Iraq

January 2005

Northern Ireland

December 2003

12

1 RRF

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

May 2006

25

2 RRF

Afghanistan

April 2009

Northern Ireland

November 2003

64

1 R Anglian

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

October 2005

18

2 R Anglian

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

October 2006

20

1 Lancs2

Iraq

December 2007

n/a

2 Lancs2

Iraq

November 2006

n/a

1 Yorks

Iraq

December 2008

Iraq

May 2007

18

2 Yorks

Afghanistan

October 2007

Balkans

September 2006

13

3 Yorks

Iraq

November 2004

Balkans

June 2001

40

1 R Welsh

Cyprus

May 2007

Northern Ireland

January 2006

15

2 R Welsh

Iraq

June 2007

Iraq

October 2005

19

1 Mercian

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

October 2004

37

2 Mercian

Afghanistan

April 2009

Afghanistan

November 2007

16

3 Mercian

Iraq

November 2006

Iraq

October 2005

12

1 Rifles3

Afghanistan

October 2008

Iraq

November 2006

23

2 Rifles

Afghanistan

April 2009

Iraq

May 2007

23

3 Rifles

Iraq

September 2006

Northern Ireland

March 2005

17

4 Rifles

Iraq

June 2007

Balkans

October 2001

67

5 Rifles

Iraq

December 2008

Iraq

December 2006

24

1 Royal Irish

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2005

28

2 Para

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

April 2006

24

3 Para

Afghanistan

April 2008

Afghanistan

October 2006

18

1 RGR

Afghanistan

October 2007

Balkans

March 2006

18

2 RGR

Afghanistan

October 2008

Afghanistan

October 2005

37

Notes:

1 1 RS and 1 KOSB amalgamated in August 2006 to form 1 Scots.

2 1 KORBR, 1 Kings and QLR amalgamated in July 2006 to form 1 Lancs and 2 Lancs. Because of the nature of this amalgamation it is not representative to carry forward the unit deployments of 1 KORBR, 1 Kings and QLR to 1 Lancs and 2 Lancs.

3 1 RGBW and 1 DDLI amalgamated in March 2007 to form 1 Rifles.