To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the approximate average number of service personnel attached to each(a) armoured regiment, (b) armoured reconnaissance regiment, (c) artillery regiment, (d) engineer regiment, (e) infantry battalion, (f) Gurkha battalion, (g) Army Air Corps regiment, (h) Tornado GR1 squadron, (i) Harrier squadron, (j) Jaguar squadron, (k) Nimrod squadron, (l) Tornado F3 squadron, (m) Phantom FGR2 squadron, (n) Hercules squadron, (o) VC1O squadron, (p) Fleet class submarine, (q) Oberon class submarine, (r) anti-submarine warfare carrier, (s) assault ship, (t) type 42 destroyer, (u) type 22 frigate, (v) type 21 destroyer, and (w) Leander class frigate.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The information is not available in the form requested. Statistics on outflow by age in 1989 and of outflow by rank in 1989–90 will be available shortly, at which point my noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces will write to my hon. Friend. To provide statistics by rank and age would entail disproportionate cost.