Armed Forces: Germany

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Macaulay of Bragar Lord Macaulay of Bragar Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the British military personnel will cease duties in Germany and leave the country; and whether the decision to relocate the British troops from Germany is one which is in the sole control of the Government.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

The move of 4 Mechanised Brigade back to the UK has been approved and will take place in late 2008.

The BORONA programme has been looking at the feasibility of moving further elements of our Germany-based forces to the UK, and in particular, the headquarters of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) with its intimate supporting elements, 102 Logistic Brigade (102 Log Bde) and 1 Signal Brigade (1 Sig Bde). Detailed plans are being drawn up for the moves, starting with HQ ARRC, which could move as early as 2009. The moves of the two brigades would be completed by 2014. With 4 Mechanised Brigade, this represents 30 per cent of UK service personnel based in Germany.

The decision to relocate the British troops from Germany is one which is in the sole control of the Government. The moves are subject to final approval by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, following scrutiny by and advice from the MoD's Investment Approvals Board.

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