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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:24 pm on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Secretary of State for Defence 5:24 pm, 7th November 2016

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, particularly for the terms in which she has been considering this matter for some time. The proposal in the strategy is, as she knows, to close Chetwynd barracks by 2021 and to move the principal units from there to Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire. I can well understand the feeling of the local community that it wants to get on with this now—that it wants to get the Army out and the new housing in—and I will certainly undertake to have a look at whether we can speed up that timetable.