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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual strength is of deployable troops of each infantry battalion. (311107)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1150W, to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox). In that table, the “Number Fit for Task” column represents the actual deployable strength of each infantry battalion.

Just under 89 per cent. of current infantry strength is deployable. This includes those who have some limitations placed on the roles they can perform on operations. The vast majority of the remainder are contributing to military capability in a variety of supporting roles in home locations.