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Territorial Army

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for the Chorley Territorial Army Centre, Lancaster House; and if he will make a statement; (97155)

(2) what plans he has for the role of the Chorley Detachment of 5 General Support Medical Regiment; and if he will make a statement;

(3) when the kitchens are expected to be re-instated at Chorley Territorial Army Centre, Lancaster House;

(4) what the reasons are for the transfer of Chorley Detachment of 5 General Support Medical Regiment from detachment to a squadron status; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 26 October 2006]: Under TA rebalancing, the Chorley Detachment (re-designated as 64 (Chorley) Medical Squadron) will provide an element of 5 General Support Medical Regiment’s contingent component, supporting its regular counterparts in the event of large scale deliberate interventions. In addition it will provide individuals, on a voluntary basis, to backfill posts in 5 General Support Medical Regiment and other army medical units as required.

To enable the contingent component element to be met Chorley Detachment was required to increase its manpower liability and is now designated as a Squadron. The Chorley Detachment was also considered suitable for uplift to a squadron as, historically, Chorley has a long established tradition of Territorial Army service and additionally the close location of its parent regiment offers potential benefits.

We intend to retain Lancaster House and discussions are currently underway to establish the improvements required to meet future accommodation requirements including any necessary upgrade to the kitchen facilities.