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Armed Forces: Defence Estate Development

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

Statement

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Kevan Jones) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Today the department has published the Defence Estate Development Plan (DEDP) 2009—the first annual update of this vital internal planning document. The updated plan is evolutionary in nature and reflects the department’s consistent estate priorities. DEDP 09 sets out the authoritative framework, looking forward to 2030, for the coherent development of the estate to meet the future needs of defence, and the priorities for investment and rationalisation arising from it. It also informs our programme of engagement with the regions, which underpins the successful delivery of many of our estate programmes.

The key changes are evolutionary in nature and include, among others, cross-government support to the Armed Forces as set out in The Nation’s Commitment, and revised targets for improving living accommodation for our people. Other changes reflect specific investment and basing decisions that support the generation of sustainable military capability.

I have placed a copy of the plan in the House of Commons Library. The document will also be widely circulated to external stakeholders and will be published on the internet.