Some of these numbers seem to be intentionally misleading. For example, there are about a thousand Saints (St. Helenians) living on Ascencion Island. Many of them work for contractors employed by the MOD there. But in the report below, the MOD claim to have no civilian personnel employed on Ascension.
Perhaps they can justify this claim because these people work for MOD contractors, not the MOD. Ordinary English is sometimes at variance with that spoken by Ministers of Government.
House of Commons
British Overseas Territories
23 Apr 2013
Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian and military personnel from his Department are based in (a) Anguilla, (b) Bermuda, (c) British Antarctic Territory, (d) British Indian Ocean Territory, (e) British Virgin Islands, (f) Cayman Islands, (g) Falkland Islands, (h) Gibraltar, (i) Montserrat, (j) Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, (k) St Helena and St Helena Dependencies (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha), (l) South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, (m) Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia and (n) the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The military and civilian personnel based in the Overseas Territories in March 2013 are shown in the following table:
Overseas Territories Military personnel Civilian personnel
British Indian Ocean Territory 41 0
Falkland Islands 1,050 47
Gibraltar 420 580
Ascension Island 28 0
British Forces Cyprus including Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia 2,750 1,650
The civilian personnel figure includes locally employed civilian personnel.
The military figures may vary from published statistics as personnel change location or are deployed on operations. Figures above 100 have been rounded down to the nearest 10.
There are no military and or Ministry of Defence civilian personnel serving in the following regions Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn; Henderson; Ducie and Oeno Islands, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia South Sandwich Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.