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Germany: Armed Forces

Defence written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he provided written notice to the German Government of his plans to withdraw troops from Germany.

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

The previous Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Fox, wrote to his German counterpart Dr Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg on publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in October 2010 to inform him of our plans to withdraw troops from Germany.

Since that time, the Ministry of Defence has continued to liaise closely with the German Government, the Federal Ministry of Defence and regional and local authorities as our plans have developed. We have also worked hard to ensure coherence in our announcements to ensure that Ministers, our ambassador to Germany, General Officer Commanding UK Support Command, our Defence Attaché in Berlin and others have been able to brief their German counterparts in a timely fashion.

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