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Territorial Army: Training

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which alternative cost-saving measures were considered before deciding to reduce Territorial Army training. (293278)

[holding answer 15 October 2009]: Like all Government Departments, the Ministry of Defence routinely reviews expenditure to ensure that we allocate our resources where they are needed most. As part of this process senior officials discussed emerging budgetary pressures in the summer and then asked all budget holders within the Department to review all uncommitted funding. Following this review, savings measures that helped balance the financial deficit, and which do not detract from support to current operations, were recommended. Although some of these savings are painful, they had to be taken to ensure that the Ministry of Defence stayed within budget.