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Job Losses

Volume 205: debated on Tuesday 10 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 3 March, Official Report, column 139, whether he has established how workers at Trecwn heard the news of closure and job losses via the media in advance of the announcement to staff; and what steps he intends to take to ensure that, in future, such decisions are first communicated to the work force.

The rundown and closure of Royal Navy Armaments Depot—RNAD—Trecwn was part of a package of measures for the restructuring of the fleet support area proposed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 16 July 1991, Official Report, columns 148–49 and confirmed, following extensive consultation on 24 January 1992 Official Report, column 377. Details of the final decision were provided to the work force at each establishment affected through a series of management briefings timed to coincide with the answering of the parliamentary question on 24 January. In the case of RNAD Trecwn, it was unfortunate that media speculation anticipated these announcements.