Jim McGovern raises Dundee Royal Marine Reserves in Commons

8 November 2012

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern today raised the on-going concerns about the future of the Royal Marine Reserve detachment in Dundee.

Concerns were raised several months ago that the Dundee detachment had been earmarked for closure as part of Ministry of Defence spending cuts.

Jim McGovern has raised the issue on a number of occasions with Ministers, but has yet to receive a definitive response.

Today’s statement on the future of reserve forces in the United Kingdom provided another opportunity for the fate of the detachment to be bought before the government.

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond could not say specifically about the future of the Dundee detachment but promised that by ‘spring’ 2013 all base closures would be made public.

Jim McGovern said;

“It is unfortunate that the government could not assure me that the future of the Dundee detachment would be secure.

“While I understand the need for the MOD to take sufficient time to decide on future basing requirements of the reserves, this increasing uncertainty is detrimental to our reservists and to the communities they are based in.”

Mr McGovern concluded;

“The Dundee Royal Marine Reserve detachment does an excellent job serving our country, and their facilities are used widely by the local community and emergency services.

“Closing the detachment would be a great mistake.

“I will continue to make this case and I hope by spring 2013 the government will have decided to ensure it has a long future in the city.”



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