Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many multi-role brigades the Army will have by 2020.

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

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Hammond, on 5 July 2012, Hansard, column 1085, in which he said that a future structure for the Army based on reaction forces, comprising 16 Air Assault Brigade and three armoured infantry brigades, adaptable forces, comprising seven infantry brigades of varying size and force troops.

Between them these will be able to generate the same operational output as five multi-role brigades but in a more flexible way.

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