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MPs hold evidence session exploring Defence in Scotland

27 January 2022

The Scottish Affairs Committee will be holding its first evidence session as part of its inquiry, Defence in Scotland: Military Personnel and Estate.

Purpose of the session

At present, over 19,000 people are employed in more than 100 Ministry of Defence establishments around Scotland (including regular armed forces personnel, reserve personnel and civil servants). However, in 2016, the Ministry of Defence announced that it would reduce the size of the defence estate by 30% by 2040, with Scottish bases in Stirling and Rosyth both facing closure this year, and others to follow.

During this scene-setting evidence session, the Committee will be exploring a range of issues facing the defence sector in Scotland. Members are likely to discuss:

  • Scotland’s representation in the UK military;
  • The impacts of the UK’s changing defence priorities on investment, employment and communities in Scotland;
  • The importance of military installations in Scotland for supporting the UK’s military alliances;
  • Impact of base closures and redeployments on military personnel and their families;
  • Support provided to military personnel and their families, including when moving to and from Scotland.


Monday 31 January 2022

From 15:00:

  • Professor Phillips O'Brien, Professor of Strategic Studies, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Trevor Taylor, Director of the Defence, Industries and Society Programme, RUSI

From 16:05:

  • Sarah Clewes, Chief Executive Officer, Naval Families Federation
  • Lieutenant General (retired) Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB DL, Chief Executive, SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity
  • Maria Lyle, Director, Royal Air Force Families Federation
  • Collette Musgrave, Chief Executive, Army Families Federation

Further information

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