HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 c363W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the overall strength in September(a) 1998 and (b) 1999 was of military forces in Northern Ireland, broken down into the numbers attached to the (i) RAF, (ii) Royal Navy (iii) RIR, (iv) RIR part-time and (v) others. [101866]

Mr. Spellar

Pursuant to the reply I gave on 15 December 1999,Official Report, columns 217–18W, it may be helpful to make it clear that, excluding those forces referred to in the footnotes as being based outside Northern Ireland, the strength figures for military forces deployed to the Province are as follows:

Strength 1998 Strength 1999
Army (General Service) 9,557 8,843
Royal Air Force 1,152 1,150
Royal Navy 321 182
The Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service Full-time) 2,627 2,536
The Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service Part-time) 1,961 1,841
Total 15,618 14,552