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Armed Forces: Training
23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he received on the research and assessment facility at the Defence Academy prior to the decision to close it; and if he will make a statement. [321484]

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[holding answer 10 March 2010]: No representations were made prior to the decision to close the Research and Assessment Branch at the Academy.

The decision was taken as part of our regular review of Defence spending to ensure resources are focused on our top priority—success and support to operations in Afghanistan. To support this, the Secretary of State for Defence announced on 15 December 2009 a package amounting to £900 million over three years. However, in taking the latter decision we must prioritise rigorously and recognise that tough choices are required to better match the Defence programme to the available resources.