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Naval Bases

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of running each of the naval bases in the UK was in each of the last three years. (114132)

The running costs for HM Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde, Devonport and Portsmouth over the last three years are shown in the following table:

£ million

Financial year

HMNB Clyde

HMNB Devonport

HMNB Portsmouth

2003-04

202

179

158

2004-05

189

185

146

2005-06

183

185

151

These figures represent the general site operating costs and include utilities, rates, telephone, maintenance and manpower costs. Direct comparisons from year to year are inexact given the changes to the detailed elements which make up the totals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what job losses are planned at each naval base in the UK. (114133)

Each of the three naval bases continually reviews the level of manpower required to meet its particular outputs.

By the end of March 2008 it is anticipated that there will be 86 fewer civilian posts in HM Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport and 36 fewer service personnel. HMNB Clyde anticipates a reduction of 50.5 civilian posts by the end of 2007. Service manpower will also be reduced by some 55 occupied and 26 unoccupied posts between 2007 and 2010. No reductions are expected in HMNB Portsmouth.

The Naval Base Review, which is examining the infrastructure needed to support the Royal Navy, may give rise to further reductions. It is however too soon to say how many or where as the review is at a very early stage, and it is unlikely that the recommendations will be finalised before spring 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for (a) the publication of the naval bases review and (b) the implementation of any recommendations; and if he will make a statement. (101443)

The Naval Base Review is ongoing and its recommendations are not expected to be finalised before spring 2007, after which they will be subject to the MOD’s internal scrutiny and approvals process. The current expectation is for an announcement before the parliamentary summer recess. It is too early to say what the implementation time scale will be as this will depend on the option chosen. Final decisions will be subject to formal trade union consultation.