To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) what procedure he intends to use to determine which two of the 10 regional brigade headquarters will be closed;
(2) what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department arising from the closure of two of the 10 regional brigade headquarters;
(3) what savings he expects to accrue to his Department from the closure of two of the 10 regional brigade headquarters in the next 12 months;
(4) what assessment he has made of the potential saving to the public purse of the reduction in the Army's non-deployable regional administrative structure;
(5) by what means his Department plans to reduce the non-deployable regional administrative structure of the Army;
(7) what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse consequent on replacing the four regional division headquarters with one UK support command.
As stated in the White Paper on the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), the Army will significantly reduce its non-deployable administration structure in order to enhance its focus on front-line capabilities. The current four regional divisional headquarters will be replaced with a single UK Support Command and at least two regional brigade headquarters will close. This will generate savings in personnel and estate costs. It is too early to provide detailed estimates.
A project team was established in June 2010 to examine and rationalise the Army's non-deployable regional administrative structure after the publication of the SDSR. This team will continue the detailed work of identifying the most cost-effective way of achieving this transformation.