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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces were deployed in each of the states which made up the former Republic of Yugoslavia on (a) 1 January 2008, and (b) 1 January 2009; and how many are expected to be added or withdrawn in each of the next three years. [HL2348]

The table below provides the number of Armed Forces personnel deployed in each country. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five for both Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The numbers include personnel deployed in support of NATO, EU and diplomatic tasks.

Country

1 January 2008

1 January 2009

Bosnia and Herzegovina

20

20

Croatia

2

0

Kosovo

175

175

Macedonia

2

0

Serbia

2

1

Slovenia

0

0

I refer my noble friend to the Statement my right honourable friend the Secretary of State made on 4 March 2009 (Official Report, col. 1659W), which provides further information on the proposed drawdown in the presence of Armed Forces personnel in Kosovo.

Force levels are kept under constant review in light of the changing situation.