§ 17. Lorna Fitzsimons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on troop levels in Bosnia. 
§ Mr. Hoon
The UK remains fully committed to supporting NATO operations in Bosnia. In conjunction with Allies, we have recently completed a careful assessment of the current security situation in Bosnia. This has improved sufficiently in the four years since the deployment of the Implementation Force (IFOR) for NATO to be able to move safely to a restructured force of some 20,000 members. The implication for UK forces is that 900 personnel will now return to the UK, without replacement, before Christmas. The UK contribution to the Stabilisation Force (SFOR) will then stand at some 3,300.