Strategic Defence and Security Review

Wales written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales

(1) what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the objective in her Department's business plan to represent Welsh interests in the implementation of the Strategic Defence and Security Review;

(2) what assessment she has made of the potential effect on Wales of the implementation of the Strategic Defence and Security Review;

(3) how many meetings she has had with ministerial colleagues on the potential effects of the implementation of the Strategic Defence and Security Review on Wales.

Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan The Secretary of State for Wales

I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues about defence matters in Wales. The Strategic Defence and Security Review is part of a continuing process to deliver a sustainable defence programme for the future.

The Wales Office works on an ongoing basis to ensure Welsh interests are fully taken into account by the Ministry of Defence, for example in areas such as the decision that was taken confirming that 160 Brigade would remain in Brecon following last year's Defence estate and basing plans review.

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