Major army cuts are “good news” for Wiltshire bases declares Claire Perry
Major government cuts in Britain’s Army by more than 11,000 soldiers is “good news” for the Devizes constituency of Tory MP Claire Perry, which includes five army bases.
It will have a minimal effect, she revealed today in a statement to Marlborough News Online.
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox revealed in the House of Commons yesterday that the effect will reduce the size of the Army to its lowest level since Victorian times, the aim being to pay for an extra £3 billion of new equipment.
And the effect in Wiltshire will also be affected by the government’s decision to take over the now vacated Lyneham air base as a new multi-service training base instead of selling it off for commercial development.
“ The statement was good news for Wiltshire as it will be the base for one of the five main brigades and the Lyneham takeover will happen quickly,” said Claire Perry.
“The proposed losses are to be phased in over next 10 years so, hopefully, the impact will be minimal. The Army and Wiltshire Council are working on how to retain army leavers locally so they can work and continue to live in Wiltshire.
“The investment of £1.5 billion, £400 million in this Parliament, in building up territorial and reserves is especially welcome.”
What will be the effect on domestic Army life?
“I was also on my feet for most of the session trying to ask about impact of all the moves on spouses,” she added. “I had to grab the minister in the lobby and he reassured me that extra support with housing etc would be provided.”