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Gurkhas

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkhas were stationed in the UK in each year from 1992 to 1997. (288395)

The number of Gurkhas stationed in the UK in each year from 1992 to 1997 is provided in the following table.

Date of strength as at 31 March each year

Officers

Soldiers

Total

1992

40

1,340

1,390

1993

40

1,380

1,420

1994

50

1,570

1,620

1995

60

1,730

1,780

1996

70

1,640

1,710

1997

70

1,930

2,000

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to 10; numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

2. Totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not appear to be the sum of their parts.

Over the same period the trained strength of the Brigade of Gurkhas reduced from around 7,180 to 3,760, as the Brigade progressively withdrew from Hong Kong to be based in the UK. This process was completed on 1 July 1997.