§ Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will confirm that the proposed reduction of 12,000 in manpower will not increase the frequency of tours in Northern Ireland for Army units.
§ Mr. Robert C. Brown
Our proposals will not affect the ability of the Army to discharge its task in Northern Ireland, nor the frequency of tours in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the number of infantry, artillery and armoured units which have served in Northern Ireland in the last five years and the extent to which these units have so served more than once.
§ Mr. Robert C. Brown,
pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 3rd December 1974 ; Vol. 882, c. 442.], gave the following information:
Since August 1969, 47 infantry, 24 artillery and 17 armoured major units have served in Northern Ireland. Of these all the infantry units, 18 artillery and seven armoured units have served more than once.