Armed Forces: Deployment

Defence written question – answered on 23rd July 2007.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel are (a) deployed and (b) stationed in each country outside the UK.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The approximate number of UK service personnel deployed by operation and location as at 9 July 2007 is shown in the following table:

Operation Number
Total 13,500
O f which:
Telic 6,800
O f which:
Iraq 5,500
Other (including 'at sea') 1,300
Herrick 6,200
O f which:
Afghanistan 6,200
Oculus 240
O f which:
Kosovo 180
Bosnia 60
UN 320
O f which:
Cyprus 290
Other(1) 30
(1 )Other UN locations have fewer than 10 personnel per country and include Georgia, Nepal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.


Due to rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.

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 most recent publication show the numbers of service personnel at 1 October 2006.

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

Due to the introduction of a new joint personnel administration system (JPA), TSP6 RAF location data for 1 April 2006 are provisional and subject to review, and after 1 April 2006 are not currently available.

The Defence Analytical Services Agency is currently validating JPA RAF location data and expect to publish provisional RAF figures for 1 July 2006 and 1 October 2006 by the end of July 2007.

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