Response to reports that the Government will seek to further reduce the size of the Defence estate

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to reports that the Government will seek to further reduce the size of the Defence estate, says:

"We welcome moves to release assets to generate maximum capabilities for the UK’s Armed Forces.

"But Ministers have repeatedly missed their own targets on estate disposal over the course of this Parliament.

"Having already issued redundancies to Service Personnel whilst withdrawing key equipment capabilities, the public will rightly question why it has taken the Government so long to give this area the proper attention it deserves."