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Armed Forces: Reserve Forces

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of the membership of the (a) Territorial Army, (b) Royal Navy Reserve, (c) Royal Marine Reserve and (d) Royal Auxiliary Air Force was available for deployment on the most recent date for which figures are available. (314473)

Availability for mobilisation is dependent on a number of factors, in particular which section of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 is being used to make a call-out order. Therefore, while reservists may be unavailable for mobilisation under one section of the Act, they will be available under another. This effectively means that nearly all reservists remain available for mobilisation, dependent upon the nature of the operation.