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British Overseas Territories: Armed Forces

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 2469, tabled on 15 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funds the Government contributes to the maintenance of the (a) Bermuda Regiment, (b) Gibraltar Regiment and (c) Royal Montserrat Defence Force.

Answered on

22 June 2015

While all three of these units are affiliated to the British Army, none is formally part of the UK Armed Forces. As such the Ministry of Defence neither funds nor inspects either the Bermuda Regiment or the Royal Montserrat Defence Force. The Royal Gibraltar Regiment is funded as part of British Forces Gibraltar, of which it is a key part, and costs around £9.5 million a year. It is inspected regularly with other units based in Gibraltar.