Army

Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the established unit strength will be

(1) of (a) 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Regiment, (b) 2nd Battalion, The Rifles Regiment, (c) 2nd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, (d) 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, (e) 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, (f) the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, (g) 5th Battalion, The Rifles Regiment, (h) 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, (i) The Queen's Royal Hussars, (j) 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, (k) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, (l) 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, (m) 1st Battalion, The Rifles Regiment, (n) 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, (o) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, (p) 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, (q) the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, (r) the Household Cavalry Regiment, (s) the Queen's Dragoon Guards, (t) the merged unit of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers and the Queen's Royal Lancers and (u) the merged unit of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and the 1st Royal Tank Regiment under his Army 2020 proposals;

(2) of (a) 1st Battalion, The Coldstream Guards, (b) 2nd Battalion, The Tigers, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, (c) The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, (d) the public duties companies of the Brigade of Guards, (e) 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, (f) 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, (g) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, (h) 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, (i) 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, (j) 4th Battalion, The Rifles Regiment, (k) The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, (l) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, (m) 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, (n) Royal Dragoon Guards, (o) 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, (p) 1st Battalion, (Vikings), The Royal Anglian Regiment, (q) 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, (r) The Welsh Guards, (s) The King's Royal Hussars, (t) The Light Dragoons, (u) 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards, (v) 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh and (w) the Royal Welch Fusiliers under his Army 2020 proposals.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

In the future Army Structure outlined under Army 2020, the allocation of roles to individual Infantry Battalions and Royal Armoured Corps Regiments is yet to be decided. It is therefore too early to provide the established strength of each of the units listed in the question.

However, when allocated, total unit strengths based on their specific role are expected to be as in the following table:

Unit role Unit strength
Armoured Infantry 729
Armoured (Heavy) Protected Mobility Infantry 709
Light Protected Mobility Infantry 581
Light Role Infantry 561
Royal Gurkha Rifles 567
Parachute Regiment 660
T56 Armoured Regiment 587
Armoured Cavalry Regiment 528
Light Cavalry Regiment 404
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment 341

The exact establishments of the London Based Public Duties Incremental Company (PDIC) and Scottish based PDIC remain under review although current planning figures are around 90 and 140 personnel respectively.

All unit strengths include other arms attached to the units such as Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Army Medical Corps, Adjutant General Corps (Staff and Personnel Support), Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Army Physical Training Corps and Royal Army Chaplains Department personnel.

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