Military Bases

Defence written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current estimated monetary value is of the property comprising (a) Naval Base Clyde, (b) Royal Marines Condor, (c) RAF Leuchars, (d) 2nd Division HQ Craigiehall, (e) Defence Estates Hebrides and (f) Fort George; and how much his Department plans to spend on redevelopment at each of these bases.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

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It will take a little more time to collect and verify information relating to how much the Department plans to spend on redevelopment at each base. I will write to the hon. Member.

We are interpreting DE Hebrides as referring principally to Ministry of Defence sites at Benbecula and St. Kilda and a few other locations.

Substantive answer from Kevan Jones to Angus Robertson:

In my answers of 9 February (Official Report, column 814W-815W) I undertook to write to you with details of how much the Ministry of Defence (MOD) plans to spend on the redevelopment of various bases in Great Britain.

Work is currently under way at the MOD'S Hebrides Range to assess the investment required to maintain its capability. Until this work is complete, for which a deadline has not been set, any anticipated redevelopment expenditure cannot be identified. Also, no redevelopment work is planned at RAF Brampton as it is due to close in 2012.

For the remaining sites, the forecasted expenditure for the next five years on work that is considered to be redevelopment is as follows:

MOD site Total forecasted expenditure (£ million)
Naval Base Clyde 101.6
Royal Marines Condor 12.6
HM Naval Base Devonport 39.0
HM Naval Base Portsmouth 166.2
Fort George 0.1
2nd Div HQ Craigiehall 15
RAF Leuchars 112.4
RAF Valley 16.9
RAF Marham 47.8
RAF Honington 13.8
RAF Wittering 35.3
RAF Wattisham 0.8
RAF Northolt 25.4
RAF High Wycombe 35.4
RAF Brize Norton 216.0
RAF Leeming 29.4

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