CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DEFENCE – MARCHWOOD MILITARY PORT – 5 March 2013

Dr Julian Lewis: May I welcome the Defence Secretary’s recent statement to the Treasury that it should stop basing its tanks on the MOD lawn? May I congratulate him on an entry in the basing plan that seems to suggest that Marchwood Military Port in New Forest East will continue as the military port for the Army for the indefinite future?

[The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Philip Hammond): I would not want to encourage my hon. Friend to draw that conclusion. Marchwood Military Port is scheduled for disposal, and – this is not part of this announcement, of course – it may well still be used by the Army but under the ownership of a civilian contractor.]