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Military Bases: Germany

Defence written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation agreements his Department has agreed with the German government over the withdrawal of UK bases from Germany.

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

The requirement for resolution of any environmental issues relating to the estate vacated by the British Forces in Germany (BFG) is detailed in the Supplementary Agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and the Ministry of Defence is committed to adhering to this in consultation with the German authorities.

Negotiations are well under way with the German authorities for the final, one-time settlement of all financial claims arising from the release of accommodation, including those relating to pollution, the treatment of property procured from funds made available to the UK by Germany in the 40s and 50s, and the residual value of sterling-funded investments in the estate.

The final settlement will also take into account any improvements and betterment carried out to the estate since the UK took over control of the estate.

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