Departmental Security

Defence written question – answered on 29th June 2011.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of civilian redundancies within the Ministry of Defence Police on its capacity to provide security and policing to his Department's estates and property.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

A range of options that will define the Ministry of Defence (MOD)'s future requirement for civil policing capabilities and services are currently under consideration. No final decisions have yet been taken, but we will continue to maintain effective and proportionate levels of security at all our sites to safeguard our people, assets and information.

The current voluntary early release scheme for civilian staff in the MOD is intended to avoid the need for redundancies. Applications for early release that are submitted by MOD police officers will be considered in the context of ensuring that the future operational effectiveness of the force is not adversely affected.

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