Defence written question – answered on 3rd November 2008.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the role of the Gurkhas in the Army.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The Gurkhas continue to provide a key element of the British Army, fulfilling a number of roles including infantry, engineers, signals and logistics. The role of the Gurkhas was last assessed as part of the Future Army Structure review in 2004. This work was further reviewed in 2005 and 2006 to bring the structure of the two Gurkha Infantry Battalions in line with the rest of the British Army.

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