HL Deb 16 December 1999 vol 608 c55WA
Lord Harris of Haringey

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the United Kingdom troop levels in Bosnia. [HL426]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

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.