Armed Forces: Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 13 May 2024.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2024 to Question 23282 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many service personnel are based in Woolwich; and what estimate he has made of the number of personnel to be based there in each of the next five years.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As at 1 January 2024, there were 950 UK Armed Forces Service Personnel stationed at Woolwich. The number of personnel stationed there is not estimated to change significantly over the next five years; however, numbers will fluctuate in line with operational deployments and other routine commitments.

Please note the following caveats:

  1. The number of UK Armed Forces Service Personnel stationed at Woolwich can only be provided as at 1 January 2024 in line with Published National Statistics.
  2. This figure comprises UK Regular Forces, Gurkhas, Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS), Locally Engaged Personnel (LEP), Volunteer Reserve, Serving Regular Reserve, Sponsored Reserve and Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) of unknown origin. University Officer Cadets are excluded. The figure includes both trained and untrained personnel.
  3. The figure is based on Service personnel’s stationed location and not their location of residence – where personnel work is not necessarily where they live. Personnel deployed on operations to an area away from their stationed location are shown against their most recent stationed location.
  4. Figures containing Reserve personnel are estimates because the station location data for Reserves has not been fully verified.
  5. The figure has been rounded to the nearest 10 to prevent inadvertent disclosure of personal identities. However, numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest 20 to prevent systematic bias.

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