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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK citizens there were in (a) the Army excluding the Gurkhas and (b) the Gurkhas at the latest date for which figures are available; and how many personnel there were from each (i) overseas country and (ii) British overseas territory in each case. [223301]

Derek Twigg [holding answer 10 September 2008]: As at 1 July 2008, there were 7,350 Foreign and Commonwealth trained and untrained regular army officers and soldiers excluding Gurkhas. There were 3,830 trained and untrained Gurkhas as at 1 July 2008, all of whom are Nepalese.

A breakdown of the nationality of these personnel is given in the following table:


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Regular army officers and soldiers by nationality as at 1 July 2008
Officer and soldier Officer Soldier
Category Nationality Trained Untrained Trained Untrained Trained Untrained

Total

(1)93,800

(1)10,190

(1)13,820

(1)820

(1)79,980

(1)9,370

UK total

(1)86,930

(1)7,270

(1)13,560

(1)690

(1)73,370

(1)6,580

Percentage of column total

(1)92.7

(1)71.3

(1)98.1

(1)83.9

(1)91.7

(1)70.2

British (or first UK nationality is British)

(1)86,545

(1)7,245

(1)13,540

(1)690

(1)73,005

(1)6,555

British Hong Kong

(1)10

(1)5

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)10

(1)5

British overseas territory citizen

(1)370

(1)20

(1)20

(1,2)

(1)350

(1)20

Republic of Ireland total

(1)210

(1)20

(1)40

(1,3)

(1)170

(1)20

Percentage of column total

(1)0.2

(1)0.2

(1)0.3

(1)0.4

(1)0.2

(1)0.2

Republic of Ireland

Irish(4)

(1)205

(1)25

(1)40

(1,3)

(1)170

(1)20

Commonwealth (excl UK) total

(1)6,120

(1)860

(1)180

(1)20

(1)5,940

(1)840

Percentage of column total

(1)6.5

(1)8.4

(1)1.3

(1)1.9

(1)7.4

(1)9.0

Commonwealth (excl UK)

Antiguan

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Australian

(1)65

(1)5

(1)30

(1,3)

(1)30

(1,3)

Bahamian

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

Bangladeshi

(1)5

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)5

(1,3)

Barbadian

(1)10

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1)10

(1,2)

Belizean

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,3)

Botswanan

(1)10

(1)10

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)10

(1)10

British Commonwealth

(1)10

(1,2)

(1)5

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Cameroonian

(1)35

(1)15

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)35

(1)15

Canadian

(1)50

(1,3)

(1)15

(1,3)

(1)35

(1,3)

Citizen of Fiji

(1)2,005

(1)170

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)2,000

(1)170

Citizen of Seychelles

(1)10

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)10

(1,2)

Citizen of Sri Lanka

(1)10

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)10

(1,3)

Citizen of St Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Dominican

(1)20

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)20

(1,3)

Gambian

(1)125

(1)40

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)125

(1)40

Ghanaian

(1)685

(1)185

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)680

(1)185

Grenadian

(1)50

(1)10

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)50

(1)10

Guyanese

(1)20

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)20

(1,3)

Indian

(1)60

(1)25

(1)10

(1,3)

(1)50

(1)25

Jamaican

(1)660

(1)20

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)660

(1)20

Kenyan

(1)110

(1)40

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)110

(1)40

Lesotho

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

Malawian

(1)140

(1)45

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)140

(1)45

Malaysian

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Maltese

(1)5

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,3)

Mauritian

(1)35

(1)10

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)35

(1)10

Namibian

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

New Zealander

(1)60

(1,3)

(1)20

(1,2)

(1)40

(1,3)

Nigerian

(1)90

(1)40

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1)90

(1)40

Pakistani

(1)5

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)5

(1,3)

Papua New Guinean

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Sierra Leonean

(1)40

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)35

(1,3)

Singaporean

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

South African

(1)730

(1)120

(1)50

(1)10

(1)675

(1)115

St Lucian

(1)190

(1)15

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)190

(1)15

Swazi

(1)10

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)10

(1,3)

Tanzanian

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,3)

Tongan

(1)5

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)5

(1,3)

Trinidad and Tobago citizen

(1)65

(1)5

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)65

(1)5

Ugandan

(1)55

(1)20

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)55

(1)20

Vincentian

(1)235

(1)5

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)235

(1)5

Zambian

(1)20

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)20

Zimbabwean

(1)460

(1)40

(1)20

(1,3)

(1)440

(1)40

UK Dependency total

(1)20

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1)20

(1,2)

Percentage of column total

(1)0.0

(1)0.0

(1)0.0

(1)0.0

(1)0.0

(1)0.0

UK Dependency

Ascension Islander

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Gibraltarian

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

Monserratian

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

St. Helenian

(1)15

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1)15

(1,2)

Other total

(1)100

(1)10

(1)30

(1,3)

(1)70

(1)10

Percentage of column total

(1)0.1

(1)0.1

(1)0.2

(1)0.4

(1)0.1

(1)0.1

Other

Afghan

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Brazilian

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

Chinese

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

Colombian

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

Dutch

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

Filipino

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

Foreign

(1)5

(1,2)

(1)5

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

French

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

German

(1)5

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Italian

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

Mauritanian

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,3)

Nepalese

(1)80

(1,3)

(1)20

(1,3)

(1)65

(1,3)

Somali

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,3)

Spanish

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

Swiss

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

Ukrainian

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,2)

(1,2)

United States citizen

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,3)

(1,2)

(1,3)

(1,3)

No value total

(1)420

(1)2,030

(1)10

(1)110

(1)410

(1)1,920

Percentage of column total

(1)0.4

(1)19.9

(1)0.1

(1)13.5

(1)0.5

(1)20.4

No value

(1)420

(1)2,025

(1)10

(1)110

(1)410

(1)1,915

(1) Provisional.
(2) Zero.
(3) Fewer than 5.
(4) Citizen of the Irish Republic.
Notes:
1. Prior to 1980 Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia. Rhodesia was not a member of the Commonwealth. Zimbabwe was suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth in February 2002. Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth on 7 December 2003 after the suspension was renewed at the Commonwealth Leaders' meeting. An Act of Parliament is required to affect the status of its citizens if a country withdraws from the Commonwealth.
2. Figures are for trained and untrained regular strengths only and therefore exclude FTRS, Gurkhas and mobilised reservists.
3. Figures have been rounded to 5; numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. Totals have been rounded to 10. Totals and subtotals have been rounded separately and so may not appear to be the sum of their parts.
4. Due to the ongoing validation of the new Joint Personnel Administration System all Army data from 1 April 2007 are provisional and subject to review.

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