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Armed Forces: Royal Gibraltar Regiment

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Gibraltar Regiment served in Afghanistan; and whether there is presently any problem in deploying the regiment to Afghanistan. [HL5786]

The primary role of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment is to support the defence and security of Gibraltar. Deployments in support of other tasks have been undertaken by individual volunteers; 15 personnel from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment have deployed on operations in Afghanistan between August 2004 and February 2009. Since then there has been a temporary suspension in volunteers being deployed while we investigated a potential issue with compensation arrangements covering such deployments. The Royal Gibraltar Regiment is entitled to compensation benefits under its own terms and conditions of service including when deployed to Afghanistan. Work has commenced to bring these compensation arrangements in line with the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme through legislation. The temporary suspension has now been lifted.