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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what deployments have been made by each battalion of the infantry since 1997; and what the intervals were between each tour. (297900)

Historical data to support the calculation of the average tour interval for each battalion or regiment of the Infantry since 1997 is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows the last operational Tour Interval for each Infantry unit as at 1 November 2009, based on the unit's last two operational tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Northern Ireland or Cyprus.

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Unit deployed/Infantry

End date

Last operational deployment (as a unit)

Start date

Previous operational deployment (as a unit)

End date

Last unit tour interval (months)

1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Afghanistan

October 2009

Afghanistan

October 2007

24

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Afghanistan

October 2009

Afghanistan

October 2007

24

1st Battalion Scots Guards

May 2007

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

April 2005

31

1st Battalion Irish Guards

November 2007

Iraq

June 2007

Northern Ireland

March 2004

38

1st Battalion Welsh Guards

October 2009

Afghanistan

April 2009

Balkans

April 2007

24

1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland1

May 2008

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

May 2006

17

2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

September 2008

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2005

28

3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

October 2009

Afghanistan

April 2009

Iraq

January 2005

51

4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

November 2008

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

May 2006

25

5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

September 2008

Afghanistan

April 2008

Balkans

October 2005

29

1st Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment

May 2009

Iraq

December 2008

Iraq

December 2006

24

2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment

June 2005

Iraq

January 2005

Northern Ireland

December 2003

12

1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

November 2008

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

May 2006

25

2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

October 2009

Afghanistan

April 2009

Northern Ireland

November 2003

64

1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

October 2007

Afghanistan

May 2007

Iraq

October 2005

18

2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

November 2008

Iraq

June 2008

Iraq

October 2006

20

1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment2

May 2008

Iraq

December 2007

n/a

2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment2

Cyprus (Theatre Reserve Battalion)

July 2009

Iraq

April 2008

27

1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

May 2009

Iraq

December 2008

Iraq

May 2007

18

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

Afghanistan

October 2009

Afghanistan

April 2008

18

3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

May 2005

Iraq

December 2004

49

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh

Afghanistan

October 2009

Cyprus (TRB)

April 2007

18

2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh

Afghanistan

October 2009

Iraq

November 2007

23

1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment

May 2007

Iraq

December 2007

Iraq

October 2004

37

2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

October 2009

Afghanistan

April 2009

Afghanistan

November 2007

16

3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

April 2007

Iraq

November 2006

Iraq

October 2005

12

1st Battalion The Rifles3

March 2009

Afghanistan

October 2008

Iraq

November 2006

23

2nd Battalion The Rifles

October 2009

Afghanistan

April 2009

Iraq

May 2007

23

3rd Battalion The Rifles

Afghanistan

October 2009

Iraq

February 2007

19

4th Battalion The Rifles

November 2007

Iraq

June 2007

Balkans

October 2001

67

5th Battalion The Rifles

May 2009

Iraq

December 2008

Iraq

December 2006

24

1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment

September 2008

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

December 2005

28

2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment

September 2008

Afghanistan

April 2008

Iraq

April 2006

24

3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment

September 2008

Afghanistan

April 2008

Afghanistan

October 2006

18

1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Regiment

March 2008

Afghanistan

October 2007

Balkans

March 2006

18

2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Regiment

March 2009

Afghanistan

October 2008

Afghanistan

October 2005

37

1 1 RS and 1 KOSB amalgamated to form 1 SCOTS in August 2006. 1 SCOTS deployed for the first time as a formed unit to Iraq in December 2007.

2 1 KORBR, 1 KINGS and QLR amalgamated in July 2006 to form 1 LANCS and 2 LANCS. Due to the nature of this amalgamation it is not representative to carry forward the unit deployments of 1 KORBR, 1 KINGS and QLR to 1 LANCS and 2 LANCS.

3 1 RGBW and 1 DDLI amalgamated in March 2007 to form 1 RIFLES. 1 RIFLES has deployed for the first time as a formed unit in October 2008 on Herrick 9.

Note:

The deployments listed are by units, defined as a regiment deploying with a regimental headquarters and more than two manoeuvre sub-units for four months or more.

The average tour interval is 26 months. The Army's harmony guidelines recommend that Army units achieve 24 months between each six-month operational tour. Whilst there are necessary exceptions for certain trades and units, the situation continues to improve and we are generally succeeding in this aim.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of each service is currently deployable for operations overseas. (297935)