Welsh Guards

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th January 2018.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an estimate of the contribution of the Welsh Guards regiment to the local economy around Woking where it is based; and if he will make a statement.

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Recruits to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards initially attend the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick before joining the battalion at Elizabeth Barracks in Pirbright, Surrey in November 2014. Since this time the manpower liability has been around 580 military posts and around 10 directly employed civilian posts. Civilian contractors also support the battalion but due to the way that these contracts are organised by region, we are unable to provide numbers.

The decision to base a regiment in a specific location is dictated by the role, command and training requirements of the regiment. The Ministry of Defence does not routinely undertake economic impact assessments to determine the contribution of any unit or site to the local economy, we have not made an estimate of the contribution of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

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