Defence Basing Review - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 14 November 2011 | Standard notes SN06038

Authors: Claire Taylor

Topic: Armed forces, Defence policy

The Strategic Defence and Security Review made a number of recommendations for the reconfiguration of the Armed Forces which offered opportunities for the future rationalisation of the defence estate. Among those changes were the decisions to reconfigure the Army into five multi-role brigades, structure the RAF around fewer fast jet platforms and re-deploy British forces personnel currently based in Germany, back to the UK.

Since October 2010 the MOD has subsequently been conducting a basing review to examine all of these issues. The conclusions of that review were announced in the House on 18 July 2011. On 10 November 2011 the MOD announced both the timeframe for the restructuring of the UK Divisional HQ and the first tranche of moves as part of the Defence Rebasing Programme, which will take place in 2012 and early 2013.

This note sets out the headline recommendations of that review.

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