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British Army Training Unit Suffield

Defence written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the cost of army training facilities of transferring such facilities from Germany to the British Army Training Unit Suffield.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The training that currently takes place in Germany is unit-level training and similar training also takes place in the UK. This training is conducted close to where individual units are based and we do not anticipate this changing in the future. The training that takes place in the British Army Training Unit, Suffield (B ATUS) is higher level collective training, where a number of units join together to form battle groups for large scale exercises in preparation for deployment. For this reason, no assessment has been made of the costs of transferring Germany-based training facilities to the BATUS.

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