Colchester: Firing Ranges

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th January 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Kinnock Stephen Kinnock Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he plans to move of firing operations from Middlewick Ranges to Fingringhoe; what assessment he has made of benefits of the firing range moving; and whether any job losses will occur as a result of the move.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Initial groundworks for the enhanced range facilities at Fingringhoe began in November 2021. The project will provide modern electronically operated targets which reduces the risk of health and safety and training accidents, and provides better training for our Armed Forces. The investment in these modern facilities was continually assessed at each stage of the project since it was announced in 2016. No job losses will occur as a result of the co-location of range facilities at Fingringhoe.

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