Royal Regiment of Scotland

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 2nd August 2019.

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Photo of Lord Campbell of Pittenweem Lord Campbell of Pittenweem Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland are under strength.

Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The current strength against workforce requirement for the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland can be found in the table.

Table 1: Strength and workforce requirement of the battalions of The Royal Regiment of Scotland:

The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Strength

Workforce Requirement

Regular Battalions

The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

290

267

The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

480

628

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

480

628

The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

620

743

Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)

80

103

Reserve Battalions

52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (incl. band)

340

468

51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (incl. band)

400

468

Notes/Caveats:

Strength figures have been provided by Defence Statistics, whilst Workforce Requirement is a single service estimate.

Regular battalions will include some Trained Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) (Full Commitment).

Reserve battalions will include Trained FTRS (Home Commitment), FTRS (Full Commitment), Trained Volunteer Reservists and some Regular personnel.

The Highland and Lowland bands are included with the Reserve battalions.

Strength figures have been rounded to the nearest 10; numbers ending in "5" have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

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