Deployment

Defence written question – answered on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what locations British troops are (a) deployed and (b) stationed; and how many troops are deployed or stationed at each location.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

Location statistics may be compiled based on posted (stationed) location or deployed location. Posted (stationed) location is where an individual is permanently based. Deployed location is where an individual is physically located at a particular point in time and is typically used for short tours of duty.

The following table shows the number of personnel deployed on operations by operation at 1 January 2007. The individual location could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Operation Number of personnel deployed
Telic 7,020
Herrick 5,700
Oculus 630
UN operations 290
Total 13,640

The strength of UK regular forces posted outside the UK is available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 6—"Global Location of UK Regular Forces". The strength of UK regular forces posted in the UK by Government office region and local authority is available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 10—"UK Regular Forces Distribution across UK". Reliable data below local authority are not available centrally.

TSP 6 and 10 are published quarterly; the most recent publications show the numbers of service personnel at 1 October 2006.

Copies of TSP 6 and 10 are available in the Library of the House and at:

www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tsp6/tsp6_oct06.pdf and

www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tsp10/tsp10tab1.html respectively.

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