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Defence written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed relocation of 71 (IR) Squadron from RAF St. Athan to RAF Wittering on his Department's footprint in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

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

The Defence Estate Rationalisation written ministerial statement of 25 March 2013, Hansard, columns 65-68WS, confirmed that No. 71(IR) Squadron will relocate from St Athan to RAF Wittering.

No. 71(IR) Squadron has 47 service personnel who will relocate to RAF Wittering. The squadron also has 27 civilian posts and, subject to a period of trade union consultation, those who are of a mobile grade will be given the opportunity to transfer with the squadron to RAF Wittering, while the remainder will be provided with every assistance to find alternative employment either in the MOD or with other Government Departments in the vicinity.

However, the Army Basing Plan announcement of 5 March 2013 confirmed that a significant defence presence would remain in Wales with 14 Signal Regiment relocating to St Athan from Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy in addition to our wider footprint in Wales.

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