My honourable friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (Bill Rammell) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
A call-out order has been made under Section 56 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 to enable the call out of members of the Volunteer Reserve Forces to assist with flood relief operations in the United Kingdom. The order takes effect from 26 November 2009 and ceases to have effect on 25 November 2010. Currently, we envisage deploying up to 100 reservists for up to 14 days.
The individuals concerned will come from the 42 North West Brigade staff, 4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, the local TA infantry battalion and members of the High Readiness Reserves (HRR) from 2 Signal Brigade. The HRR personnel will be called out under powers (Section 32 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996) already delegated to the SJC (UK). It is planned that the reservists will be required for the entire duration; estimates suggest the operation will last up to eight days.