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Territorial Army: Scotland

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army (TA) units there are in Scotland; how many members are in each such unit; how many members of TA units based in Scotland (a) have been deployed to (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in each of the last five years and (b) have received military medals. (296852)

There are 15 Territorial Army (TA) units in Scotland and the number of members in each of those units as at 29 October 2009 is shown in the following table:

TA Unit

Number of members

105 Regiment The Royal Artillery

285

71 Engineer Regiment

197

6 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

266

7 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

384

Scottish Transport Regiment

259

225 General Service Medical Regiment

365

Headquarters 51 Brigade

74

32 Signal Regiment

239

Regional Headquarters and 243 Provost Company (5 Royal Military Police)

49

2 (Independent) Signal Squadron

98

205 Field Hospital (Volunteers)

149

153 Workshop Company The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (102 Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

53

52 Military Intelligence Company (5 Military Intelligence Battalion)

50

15 Company (4 Battalion The Parachute Regiment)

79

Queens Own Yeomanry

137

The number of TA members from Scottish-based TA units deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in each of the last five years is shown in the following tables:

Deployed to Iraq

Number

TA Unit

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

105 Regiment The Royal Artillery

42

5

5

0

0

71 Engineer Regiment

0

1

0

1

1

6 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

13

4

0

0

0

7 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

25

104

4

4

32

Scottish Transport Regiment

0

2

4

0

1

225 General Service Medical Regiment

0

2

0

2

0

Headquarters 51 Brigade

0

0

0

0

0

32 Signal Regiment

5

5

5

5

5

Regional Headquarters and 243 Provost Company (5 Royal Military Police)

9

9

9

9

9

2 (Independent) Signal Squadron

2

2

2

2

2

205 Field Hospital (Volunteers)

75

0

0

0

0

153 Workshop Company The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (102 Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

1

1

1

1

1

52 Military Intelligence Company (5 Military Intelligence Battalion)

7

3

1

1

0

15 Company (4 Battalion The Parachute Regiment)

25

1

0

1

0

Queens Own Yeomanry

1

2

0

1

0

Deployed to Afghanistan

Number

TA Unit

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

105 Regiment Royal Artillery

0

0

11

12

0

71 Engineer Regiment

0

1

0

1

20

6 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

0

2

37

1

3

7 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

1

2

0

11

0

Scottish Transport Regiment

0

0

4

0

1

225 General Service Medical Regiment

0

0

1

1

20

Headquarters 51 Brigade

0

0

0

0

0

32 Signal Regiment

5

5

5

5

5

Regional Headquarters and 243 Provost Company (5 Royal Military Police)

9

9

9

9

9

2 (Independent) Signal Squadron

2

2

2

2

2

205 Field Hospital (Volunteers)

0

0

0

0

0

153 Workshop Company The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (102 Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

1

1

1

1

1

52 Military Intelligence Company (5 Military Intelligence Battalion)

0

1

2

3

5

15 Company (4 Battalion The Parachute Regiment)

0

6

4

16

0

Queens Own Yeomanry

0

0

1

12

7

The Medals Office does not record whether an individual comes from a regular or TA unit when issuing military campaign medals. There is a medal which is specifically issued to TA personnel, the ‘Volunteer Reserve Service Medal' which is the equivalent of the 'Long Service and Good Conduct Medal' issued to regular soldiers. However, the work required to cross-reference individual names against units would incur a disproportionate cost.