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Armed Forces: Foreigners

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK nationals of each nationality are serving in each unit of the armed services. (277253)

The number of non-UK nationals of each nationality serving in each unit cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. Data by service as at 1 April 2008 are provided in the following table:

Trained strength of UK regular forces1 by service and nationality as at 1 April 20082

All services

Army

Navy

RAF

Total

168,620

93,830

34,530

40,260

British

161,040

87,270

33,750

40,260

Commonwealth3

6,580

6,000

530

40

Antiguan

Australian

80

60

20

Bahamian

Bangladeshi

10

10

Barbadian

10

10

Belizean

Botswanan

10

10

Bruneian

Cameroonian

30

30

Canadian

70

50

20

Citizen of Fiji

2,040

1,950

80

10

Citizen of Sri Lanka

10

10

Citizen of St. Kitts

Cypriot

Dominican

20

20

Gambian

120

110

10

Ghanian

660

650

10

Grenadian

50

50

Guyanese

20

20

Indian

60

60

10

Jamaican

740

700

30

10

Kenyan

120

110

10

Malawian

130

130

Malaysian

10

Maltese

10

Mauritian

30

30

Namibian

New Zealander

80

60

10

Nigerian

80

80

Other Commonwealth

10

10

Other West Indian

Pakistani

10

10

Papua New Guinean

Saint Helenian

Saint Lucian

200

200

10

Seychellois

10

10

Sierra Leonean

40

40

Singaporean

South African

770

710

60

Swazi

10

10

Tanzanian

Tongan

10

10

Trinidadian

100

70

30

Ugandan

50

50

Vincentian

430

240

190

Zambian

20

20

Zimbabwean

480

460

20

Other

360

280

60

20

Afghan

American

Austrian

Danish

Dutch

Egyptian

Foreign

10

10

French

German

Hong Kong/Chinese

Irish

280

200

50

20

Iranian

Iraqi

Libyan

Mauritanian

Nepalese

60

60

Norwegian

Pacific Islander

Saudi Arabian

Sudanese

Swedish

Swiss

Ukrainian

Unknown4

640

279

200

170

“—“ denotes zero or rounded to zero. 1Trained UK regular forces exclude Gurkhas, full-time reserve personnel and mobilised reservists. 2 Provisional. 3 Includes Zimbabwean and Fijian citizens, who continue to retain Commonwealth status under the British Nationality Act 1981. 4 Those with an unrecorded nationality. Note: Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, all services strength statistics for 1 April 2008 are provisional and subject to review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK nationals of each nationality were serving in the armed forces in each of the last 10 years. (277254)

The following table shows the strength of trained UK Regular Forces as at 1 April 2007 and 2008 by nationality. Nationality data for all three services are only available since April 2007 post introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration System.

All UK Regular Forces1, 2, trained strength by nationality

April 2007

April 2008

Total

172,910

168,620

British

165,780

161,460

Commonwealth3

6,500

6,580

Antiguan

Australian

90

80

Bahamian

Bangladeshi

10

10

Barbadian

20

10

Belizean

Botswanan

10

10

Bruneian

Cameroonian

20

30

Canadian

80

70

Citizen of Fiji

1,990

2,040

Citizen of Sri Lanka

10

10

Citizen of St. Kitts

Cypriot

Dominican

10

20

Gambian

80

120

Ghanian

610

660

Grenadian

50

50

Guyanese

20

20

Indian

50

60

Jamaican

920

740

Kenyan

100

120

Malawian

100

130

Malaysian

10

10

Maltese

10

10

Mauritian

20

30

Namibian

New Zealander

70

80

Nigerian

70

80

Other Commonwealth

10

10

Other West Indian

Pakistani

10

10

Papua New Guinean

St. Helenian

St. Lucian

220

200

Seychellois

10

10

Sierra Leonean

40

40

Singaporean

South African

740

770

Swazi

10

10

Tanzanian

Tongan

10

10

Trinidadian

90

100

Ugandan

40

50

Vincentian

420

430

Zambian

20

20

Zimbabwean

530

480

Other

310

360

Afghan

American

Austrian

Danish

Dutch

Egyptian

Foreign

10

French

German

Hong Kong/Chinese

Irish

260

280

Iranian

Iraqi

Libyan

Mauritanian

Nepalese

30

60

Norwegian

Pacific Islander

Saudi Arabian

10

Sudanese

Swedish

Swiss

Ukrainian

Unknown4

310

640

“—” Denotes zero or rounded to zero.

1 Trained UK Regular Forces exclude Gurkhas, full-time reserve personnel and mobilised reservists.

2 Denotes provisional.

3 Includes Zimbabwean and Fijian citizens, who continue to retain Commonwealth status under the British Nationality Act 1981.

4 Those with an unrecorded nationality.

Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, all services strength statistics for 1 April 2007 and 1 April 2008 are provisional and subject to review.