Military Bases: North West

Defence written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Dave Watts Dave Watts Labour, St Helens North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) whether he plans to move any regimental bases to the North West;

(2) if he will make an assessment of the savings of relocating regiments to the North West.

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

The Army Basing Plan considered a variety of options in order to deliver an appropriate geographic spread of units across the UK, following reorganisation under Army 2020. The work determined that the three main Regular Army locations in the north-west (Chester, Preston and Weeton) should be retained, and that 3 Medical Regiment would move from its current location in Catterick to Fulwood Barracks in Preston. There are currently no additional plans to move any additional regiments to the north-west or to rationalise the estate in the north-west.

Savings from the Army Basing Plan will be realised, over time, in three areas: firstly, the significant running cost savings associated with the withdrawal from Germany; secondly, the efficiencies gained from moving to a more regionally based Army structure within the UK; and thirdly, the disposal of surplus barracks in and around Canterbury, Shrewsbury, Edinburgh, Stirling, Ripon and Brawdy as announced by the Secretary of State for Defence, in his Army Basing Plan Statement on 5 March 2013, Hansard, columns 845-8.

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