Armed Forces: Germany

Defence written question – answered on 27th October 2010.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the draw-down of troops from Germany;

(2) what procedure he plans to use to effect the draw-down of troops from Germany;

(3) what his timetable is for the draw-down of troops from Germany;

(4) where he expects armed forces personnel drawn-down from Germany to be based upon return to the UK.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As the Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons on 19 October 2010, Hansard, column 797, as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Government have decided to accelerate the re-basing of 20,000 military personnel in Germany with a view to returning half of those personnel to the UK by 2015 and the remainder by 2020.

More detailed work will now be undertaken to identify precisely how this will be implemented. It is therefore too early to say what the financial impact will be or specifically where returning personnel will be based.

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