HC Deb 16 December 1999 vol 341 c256W
Mr. Derek Twigg

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on troop levels in Bosnia. [103548]

Mr. Hoon

NATO has agreed to revise arrangements for manning the headquarters in the UK sector of SFOR. We have worked closely with our Dutch, Canadian and Czech partners on plans. This will allow a reduction in UK forces in Bosnia from around 3,300 to some 2,000 in the course of next year, while fully maintaining the operational effectiveness of SFOR. This reduction is in addition to the withdrawal of some 900 UK troops announced in late October, and will further reduce overstretch in the British Army.

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