The paper was produced by the Scotland Office to provide a factual analysis of the position to help inform debate. It was prepared over the last few months and a number of Ministry of Defence officials were consulted during its drafting to check facts and figures. The paper was agreed to, and the final draft approved by, Defence Ministers.
As the paper was part of the ongoing work of the Scotland Office, there were no additional, costs involved in its production or printing. It was subsequently made available on the Scotland Office website.
I have visited a wide range of defence-related establishments throughout Scotland since taking office, including RAF Kinloss, Rosyth dockyard, the shipbuilding yards at Govan and the missile ranges at Uist, where I announced the ranges would remain open for business.
I also visited the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at their base in Fallingbostel in Germany as well as welcoming the Black Watch back to Edinburgh following the end of their most recent tour in Afghanistan. I have also been actively involved in visits to defence-related organisations such Erskine and the Army Benevolent Fund and attended Armed Forces Day in Glasgow last year.
In addition, have visited a number of defence manufacturers including:
Babcock International Group plc
Thales Optronics UK