§ Sir Nicholas Fairbairn
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many major Army units are currently below peacetime establishment, and by how much; and what reinforcement will be made to 2 Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment for its planned deployment as part of UNPROFOR.
§ Mr. Hanley
[holding answer 14 February 1994]: It is not our practice to disclose the establishment of units in the Army. There are, however, currently seven major arms and services in the Army which have a shortfall of trained manpower against their manpower planning targets. These are shown, together with the percentage to which they are currently manned. If it is deployed, 2 Royal Anglian would be at its full peacetime establishment but in addition some 35 soldiers would be required as reinforcement from elsewhere in the Queen's Division.
Major Army units currently undermanned against manpower planning targets Arm-Corps Trained strengths per cent. Royal Engineers 98.03 Infantry 98.78 Army Air Corps 92.65 Royal Logistic Corps 99.87 Royal Army Chaplains Department 95.00 Royal Army Medical Corps 95.44 QARANC 88.96