Army Reserve: Military Bases

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 6 March 2024.

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Photo of Lord Norton of Louth Lord Norton of Louth Chair, Statutory Inquiries Committee, Chair, Statutory Inquiries Committee

To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that a training barracks remains within a two-hour drive for members of the Army Reserve.

Photo of The Earl of Minto The Earl of Minto The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The cohesive collective element is a key component of being part of the Reserve, and the Army is reviewing the Reserve Forces and Cadets Estate to ensure local hubs maintain a visible and accessible Army Reserve footprint. Travel distances are being assessed alongside wider considerations relating to output, the employment of Smarter Ways of Working and personal preferences including cap badge affiliation and specialist capabilities.

As a Ministry of Defence asset, any changes to the Volunteer Estate would be made in consultation with all the Services, to enable alignment of strategic and fiscal priorities.

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