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Armed Forces: Staff

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many service men and women there were in (a) the Royal Air Force, (b) the army, and (c) the Royal Navy, in 1997; and how many are in each service currently. [HL6298]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign service personnel there were in (a) the Royal Air Force, (b) the army, and (c) the Royal Navy, in 1997; and how many there are in each service currently. [HL6299]

The following table gives strength of the trained UK regular forces by service and nationality as at 1 April 1997 and 2009.

Strength of the Trained UK Regular Forces by Service and nationality as at 1 April 1997, 2009

Number

01 Apr 97

01 Apr 09

All Services

193 630

168 240P

UK

..

159 380P

Non-UK

..

7 670P

Unknown

..

1 190P

Naval Service

41 680

34 400P

UK

..

33 580P

Non-UK

..

660P

Unknown

..

160P

Army

97 760

94 590P

UK

97 190

86 770P

Non-UK

570

6 910P

Unknown

-

900P

Royal Air Force

54 200

39 250P

UK

..

39 030P

Non-UK

..

100P

Unknown

..

120P

Source: DASA (Quad-Service)

Nationality data for the Naval Service and RAF are only available from 1 April 2007 after the introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) System.

Trained UK Regular Forces excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve personnel, and mobilised reservists.

- denotes zero or rounded to zero

.. denotes not available

p denotes provisional

Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, Army strength statistics from 1 April 2007, and Naval Service and RAF strength statistics from 1 Apri12008 are provisional and subject to review.

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

Where rounding has been used, totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so totals may not equal the sums of their rounded parts.