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Territorial Army: Deployment

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of Territorial Army personnel were available to be deployed on operations on the latest date for which figures are available. (319490)

As of 1 December 2009 the strength of the Territorial Army, including University Officer Training Corps cadets, was 34,520. Of the total strength approximately 1,300 are currently mobilised in support of operations. Approximately a further 19,000 are available for mobilisation, subject to their being released from their civilian commitments and completing additional pre-deployment training. This represents around 55 per cent. of total Territorial Army strength. Available for mobilisation is defined as those who have completed phase 2 training and are not bound by limitations of the Reserve Forces Act 1996.