Reserve Forces: Dorset

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2013.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Conservative, Bournemouth East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 3 July 2013, Official Report, column 923, on Reserve forces, what the effect of such changes will be in Dorset.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The restructuring of the Army Reserve will have an impact across the United Kingdom and documents setting out the detail, showing both the current and future location of units, have been placed in the Library of the House.

These documents confirm the following changes to Army Reserve Forces in Dorset:

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, A (Dorset Yeomanry) Squadron—this squadron will re-role to become the Headquarters Squadron but will remain in Bovington. There is no change to the Regimental Headquarters which is also located in Bovington.

6th Battalion The Rifles, C Company—the Company Headquarters moves from Dorchester to Poole to combine with an existing detachment. A reduced presence will be maintained in Dorchester.

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