§ Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will indicate the current number of troops in Northern Ireland and state how many troops it is intended to have there at the time of the border poll.
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
At present, the Regular troops number about 16,500 and the Ulster Defence Regiment about 8,800 men. The Regular force level is kept under constant review and is adjusted to meet the needs of the current and expected situation.