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Maritime Forces

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the decision to reduce resource allocations to maritime forces has not previously been reported to Parliament. [9694]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 7 July 2005]: The Royal Navy is expected to be able to fulfil its operational commitments during the current period of focussing logistic support on those ships undertaking high priority tasks or being held at high readiness for operations. Determining the most efficient and effective use of available resources is a routine element of departmental planning, and specific decisions are not normally the subject of special notification to the House.

Mothballed Defence Bases

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defenceif he will list his Department's bases which are mothballed. [12466]

Mr. Touhig: It is not the policy of the Ministry of Defence to 'mothball' sites against undefined future defence uses. The only exception would be in the case ofArmy Barracks, where a site might be vacant for a few months as a result of unit rotations to overseas locations. There are currently no sites in this category.

All possible alternate defence requirements will be considered for a site before it is declared surplus. Once declared surplus a site will be disposed of as quickly as possible to ensure it is bought back into productive use at the earliest opportunity.

Where disposal is anticipated to take some time, buildings may be wind and weatherproofed to minimise deterioration. It is also our policy, where possible, to encourage temporary commercial use of vacant sites pending disposal.

Northern Ireland

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army personnel were stationed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [11653]

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Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 16 November 2001, Official Report, columns 955–56W, to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne). The number of armed forces personnel (Army, Navy and Air Force) stationed in Northern Ireland since then is set out in the following table:
As at 31 OctoberNumber of troops

(7)The figure for 2005 is taken as at 30 June.

The General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland (GOC NI) also has under his command troops that are rear based in Great Britain that can be called forward to
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the Province as and when required. In addition, other troops can be made available to the GOC NI from LandCommand if required, for example during the marching season.

Regimental Strength

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength is of each regiment in the Army; and what percentage this is of the full establishment in each case. [13149]

Mr. Touhig: The following table shows the strengths and establishments of the full-time trained Army by arm/service and strengths of the individual infantry regiments.

Establishments of each infantry and armoured corps regiment have not been provided because they are not defined individually.
Full-time trained strength of the Army (including full-time reserve service (FTRS)) as at 1 June 2005 compared to the liability

Arm/serviceEstablishmentStrengthPercentage of establishment
The Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps5,3005,670107
Royal Regiment of Artillery7,5807,51099
Corps of Royal Engineers10,0208,87088
Royal Corps of Signals8,5808,780102
The Infantry24,42025,090103
Of which
Grenadier Guards(8)770(8)
Coldstream Guards(8)780(8)
Scots Guards(8)720(8)
Irish Guards(8)630(8)
Welsh Guards(8)600(8)
Royal Scots(8)580(8)
Royal Highland Fusiliers(8)600(8)
Kings Own Scottish Borderers(8)580(8)
Black Watch(8)660(8)
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders(8)590(8)
Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment(8)1,330(8)
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers(8)1,300(8)
Royal Anglian Regiment(8)1,320(8)
Kings Own Royal Border Regiment(8)620(8)
King's Regiment(8)600(8)
1 Prince of Wales' Own Regiment(8)660(8)
Green Howards(8)620(8)
Queen's Lancashire Regiment(8)660(8)
Duke of Wallington's Regiment(8)670(8)
Devonshire and Dorset Regiment(8)620(8)
Cheshire Regiment(8)580(8)
Royal Welch Fusiliers(8)660(8)
Royal Regiment of Wales(8)590(8)
Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment(8)640(8)
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment(8)620(8)
Staffordshire Regiment(8)610(8)
The Light Infantry Regiment(8)1,320(8)
Royal Green Jackets(8)1,290(8)
The Parachute Regiment(8)2,080(8)
The Royal Irish Regiment (General Service)(8)660(8)
Army Air Corps2,1601,93089
Royal Army Chaplains Department16014087
The Royal Logistics Corps16,39015,57096
Royal Army Medical Corps3,2802,78086
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers9,5809,760102
Adjutant General's Corps (Provost Branch)2,0202,020100
Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)4,4004,570104
Adjutant General's Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)330340103
Adjutant General's Corps (Army Legal Service)1209072
Royal Army Veterinary Corps20019094
Small Arms School Corps16015097
Royal Army Dental Corps44037084
Intelligence Corps1,8401,43078
Army Physical Training Corps44043098
General Service Corps(8)(8)(8)
Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps1,10082074
Corps of Army Music920980106
Long Service List480610127
Total trained regular Army and FTRS100,77098,94098
Full-time trained Army104,170102,26098

(8)Denotes zero or rounded to zero.
FTRS figures include full, limited and home commitment.
Figures exclude home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, Mobilised Reserves, Territorial Army and other reserves.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

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Regimental Uniforms/Mascots

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who meets the cost of the new uniforms and mess-dress of existing personnel up to the date of changeover for the future (a) Mercia, (b) Yorkshire and (c) Scottish regiments. [392]

Mr. Touhig [pursuant to the reply, 24 May 2005, Official Report, c.56W]: I am now clarifying the information provided.

The answer I gave stated that officers received a tax-free allowance to enable them to maintain their uniform and dress. It has now come to my attention that officers in fact receive an annual tax-credit, known as income tax relief for maintenance of uniform", rather than an allowance as such. This means that a certain proportion of their salary is not subject to income tax. For dismounted male officers below the rank of colonel, and therefore all personnel belonging to those regiments identified in your original question, this annual rate amounts to £589.29 of earnings against which income tax is not paid.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the mascot of the (a) Queen's Lancashire Regiment and (b) King's Own Borderers is; and what the value of silverware held by each regiment is. [12420]

Mr. Touhig: Neither the Queen's Lancashire Regiment or the King's Own Royal Border Regiment have a mascot.

The silverware of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and the King's Own Royal Border Regiment belongs to the regiments themselves. The funding for the purchase, maintenance and insurance of the silverware comes from non-public funds and is therefore a private matter for the trustees of the regiments.

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