Army redundancies in Yorkshire
1:28pm 20th January 2012
(Updated 3:52pm 20th January 2012)
York Central MP, Hugh Bayley, has asked Ministers to confirm what impact the latest round of Army, Air Force and Navy redundancies will have on service men and women based in Yorkshire and North East England. Earlier this week the Ministry of Defence confirmed that a further 4,100 service personnel will be made redundant including 300 members of the Naval Service, 900 members of the RAF and 2,900 soldiers. 400 Gurkha posts will be affected but at this stage it is not known what the implications will be for military personnel based at Imphal Barracks in York.
Yesterday, 19th January 2012, Hugh Bayley MP, asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young MP, why an oral statement about these job losses was not made in the House by the Defence Secretary so that MPs could question him about the implications of the decision. Mr. Bayley asked Sir George Young to ensure that the Defence Secretary publishes a statement before next week's debate on MoD posts so that the implications for Yorkshire regiments will be clear.
A copy of Mr. Bayley's exchange with Sir George Young is as follows:
Hugh Bayley (York Central) (Lab): On Tuesday the Secretary of State for Defence announced that 4,100 servicemen and women will be made redundant. Why was an oral statement not made to the House so that we could question him on the implications of the decision? Will the Leader of the House ask him to publish before next week's debate a statement on the implications for Yorkshire regiments, such as the Green Howards, and others in the Army's key recruiting grounds in Yorkshire and the north-east of England?
Sir George Young: I believe that the announcement was made in an appropriate way in a written ministerial statement, a procedure for which I think we can find precedents. I will ensure that by the time we have the defence debate that I announced a few moments ago Defence Ministers will have the detailed information he has asked for and, if possible, will let him have it before the debate.
Earlier in the week Hugh Bayley MP tabled five Parliamentary questions to Defence Secretary, Phillip Hammond, and Chancellor, George Osborne, due to be answered today, asking how many Army, Navy and RAF full-time personnel and reservists are currently based in North Yorkshire and York and how many are expected to survive the redundancy programme. The full questions are listed below:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force personnel there were in (i) May 2010 and (ii) December 2011; and how many he expects there will be in the armed forces of (A) the UK and (B) other NATO member states in May 2015.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force personnel he expects there will be in May 2015.
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of gross national income is spent on defence; and what he estimates the proportion will be (a) at the conclusion of Tranche 2 of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme and (b) in May 2015.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Yorkshire Regiment and (b) Gurkha (i) full-time soldiers and (ii) reservists were based in (A) Yorkshire and the Humber, (B) North Yorkshire and York and (C) City of York in (1) May 2010 and (2) December 2011; and how many such soldiers he expects to be based in each of these areas at the conclusion of Tranche 2 of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) RAF (i) full-time personnel and (ii) reservists were based in (A) Yorkshire and the Humber, (B) North Yorkshire and York and (C) City of York in (1) May 2010 and (2) December 2011; and how many such personnel he expects to be based in each of these areas at the conclusion of Tranche 2 of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme.
Hugh Bayley MP says:
"We need to know what the military impact will be of losing so many Service Personnel. National Security is the government's first responsibility and the Defence Secretary should tell Parliament what assessment he and the Prime Minister have made of the impact of these cuts on the safety and security of British citizens at home and abroad.
"Mass redundancies at a time of economic difficulty will have a serious impact on Yorkshire and the North East, where so many Service men and women are based and so many young people are recruited into our Services."
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