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DEFENCE – RNR AND RMR RESERVISTS (4) [128046] - 10 December 2020

DEFENCE – RNR AND RMR RESERVISTS (4) [128046] - 10 December 2020

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the reasons for the decision to stand down Reservists serving in the Royal Navy but not those serving in the (a) Army and (b) Royal Air Force; and if he will make it his policy to (i) reconsider and (ii) reverse that decision.  [128046]

[Due for Answer on 15 December.] 


The Minister for the Armed Forces (James Heappey):  As a result of significant pressure on the Defence budget, sensible and timely decisions have been taken to reduce the in-year financial challenge and this has resulted in the temporary cessation of some Maritime Reserves activity until the beginning of the next financial year. This decision is part of a package of broader in-year savings measures across the Ministry of Defence, taken following consultation with each of the services , it forms part of the first and necessary step of Defence reform. These are short term measures and don't reflect our longer-term plans that continue to place an emphasis upon the Maritime Reserve, and nor will they impact the necessary support that is required of the Navy this winter in support of the nation.