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Armed Forces: Foreigners

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 52W, on armed forces: recruitment, how many members of the armed forces there are from each other Commonwealth country. (316925)

The number of personnel joining the UK armed forces from Commonwealth countries is given in the following table. There is a discontinuity between the statistics for 2006-07 and other years presented in the table due to the introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration System and direct comparisons should not be made.

Nationality

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Total non-UK Commonwealth

680

1,220

1,460

Australian

1

10

10

Bahamian

1

1

1

Bangladeshi

1

1

1

Barbadian

1

1

1

Belizean

1

1

30

Bermudan

1

1

1

Botswanan

1

10

20

Cameroonian

10

20

20

Canadian

10

1

1

Fijian

20

230

170

Seychellois

1

1

1

Sri Lankan

1

1

1

Dominican

10

10

1

Gambian

30

80

80

Ghanaian

160

220

180

Grenadian

10

20

90

Guyanese

1

1

10

Indian

10

40

30

Jamaican

20

30

40

Kenyan

30

40

60

Lesotho

1

1

1

Malawian

20

60

60

Malaysian

1

1

1

Maltese

1

1

1

Mauritian

10

20

10

Namibian

1

1

1

New Zealander

1

10

10

Nigerian

20

60

50

Pakistani

1

1

10

St. Lucian

20

20

60

Sierra Leonean

1

10

10

Singaporean

1

1

1

South African

170

160

170

Swazi

10

1

1

Tanzanian

1

1

1

Tongan

1

1

1

Trinidadian

10

10

20

Ugandan

20

20

20

Vincentian

10

40

190

Zambian

10

10

20

Zimbabwean

60

50

60

1 Denotes zero or rounded to zero.

Notes:

1. Figures for 2006-07 exclude RAF data as the nationality of those joining the RAF can be identified only after 2006-07 with the introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) System.

2. Army figures for 2006-07 are for an 11 month period between 1 April 2006 and 28 February 2007. Due to the introduction of JPA, Army intake by nationality is unavailable for March 2007.

3. The data provided are provisional and subject to review due to ongoing validation of data from the JPA system.

4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.