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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) officers and (b) personnel in other ranks in each regular infantry and Royal Marine battalion were unfit for duty at the latest date for which figures are available; (305723)

(2) what the (a) required and (b) actual trained strength is of each (i) regular infantry and (ii) Royal Marine battalion.

Unfit for duty has been interpreted as medically unfit to perform any duty. Personnel unfit for duty in their primary role but who can perform a role in an alternative capacity are not included in the following tables.

The figures given include personnel filling all roles within each battalion, not just infantrymen. Separate figures for infantry officers and soldiers are not held centrally.

As at 1 October, the figures requested for the infantry are provided as follows.

Division

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

Number unfit for duty

Guards

1 Grenadier Guards

632

586

4

1 Coldstream Guards

626

606

6

1 Scots Guards

753

665

1

1 Irish Guards

633

629

6

1 Welsh Guards

626

608

12

SCOTS

1 SCOTS

630

556

2

2 SCOTS

627

518

3

3 SCOTS

630

625

11

4 SCOTS

686

584

1

5 SCOTS

657

542

2

Queens

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

755

722

2

2 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

671

600

2

1 Royal Regt Fusiliers

660

573

6

2 Royal Regt Fusiliers

626

548

13

1 Royal Anglian

713

734

9

2 Royal Anglian

629

628

2

Kings

1 LANCS

757

721

8

2 LANCS

612

622

5

1 YORKS incl. Gurkha Reinforcement Company 3

686

605

2

2 YORKS

623

493

2

3 YORKS

751

608

15

Prince of Wales

1 Mercian incl. Gurkha Reinforcement Company 2

731

648

2

2 Mercian

623

614

10

3 Mercian

678

606

4

1 Royal Welsh

623

611

4

2 Royal Welsh

751

687

6

RIFLES

1 RIFLES

623

712

5

2 RIFLES

623

730

35

3 RIFLES

623

662

12

4 RIFLES

711

752

8

5 RIFLES

752

770

3

Royal Irish

1 Royal Irish

650

586

9

PARA

2 PARA

650

624

14

3 PARA

650

625

7

Royal Gurkha Rifles

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

643

619

8

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

758

658

4

In addition to the battalions shown above there are three incremental guards companies which are primarily for public duties but which can also be used to augment the other guards battalions as required;

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

Number unfit for duty

Nijmegen Coy Grenadier Gds

108

107

1

7 Coy Coldstream Gds

108

97

1

F Coy Scots Guards

110

106

4

The figures in both tables include personnel filling all roles within each battalion, not just infantrymen.

Figures for Royal Marine Commandos units are shown in the table below. Due to changes in the way in which the Royal Navy records its sick personnel, it is not possible to identify the number of Royal Marine personnel who are currently unfit to perform any duty.

Unit

Required strength

Actual strength

40 Commando

Officers

1703

33

Other ranks

1

626

42 Commando

Officers

1703

37

Other ranks

1

617

45 Commando

Officers

1703

33

Other Ranks

1

637

1 Represents a brace