§ Mr. Rosindell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of British troops deployed in the Persian Gulf have now returned home. 
§ Mr. Ingram
I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence's Written Statement of 30 April 2003,Official Report, columns 15–16WS.
As at 11 May, over 11,000 United Kingdom servicemen and women had returned to their home bases from operations in the Gulf. This represents around 25 per cent of the total number deployed to the region.