§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the occasions upon which United Kingdom Armed Forces were involved in combat from 1945 to the present day, giving the date of the involvement, the location of the involvement and whether on active service or involved in combat.
§ Mr. Speed
The major occasions upon which United Kingdom Armed Forces have been in combat since 1945 are as follows:
1946–1949 Palestine 1948–1960 Malayan Emergency 1950–1953 Korean War 1952–1956 Kenyan Emergency 1954–1959 Cyprus Emergency 1956 Suez Operation 1957–1959 Muscat and Oman 1962–1966 Indonesian Confrontation 1964–1967 Radfan and Aden 1972–1977 Oman
In addition, since 1969 the Armed Forces have been involved in operations in support of the civil power in Northern Ireland.
A state of active service automatically exists when any force is engaged in operations against an enemy—which includes all persons engaged in armed operations against Her Majesty's Forces.