Jim McGovern writes to Ministry of Defence over future of Royal Marine Reserves in Dundee
26 January 2012
Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, today wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence concerning speculation that the future of the Royal Marine Reserve detachment based on Strathmore Avenue may be in question.
This comes as the UK government commits to increasing reserve forces funding by £400m up to 2015, and the Independent Commission to Review the United Kingdom’s Reserve Forces called for an increase in Royal Marine Reserve manpower.
Jim McGovern said;
"I have been made aware that there are questions surrounding the future of the Royal Marine Reserve detachment based on Strathmore Avenue in Dundee.
"If this speculation is found to be accurate I would be greatly concerned.
"The Dundee unit is an important part of the local community, and provides state of the art facilities not just for the Royal Marine Reserves but for local emergency services as well.
"The government is committed to increasing the number of reservists in the UK, so closing a well equipped and well attended unit seems to make very little sense."
Mr McGovern concluded,
"I have written to the Defence Secretary seeking clarification, and I sincerely hope we can secure the long term future of the Dundee detachment."