Government confirms that 15 Brigade HQ will remain in York
The Minister for the Armed Forces, Nick Harvey, has written to me to set out the government’s decision on the Army’s new regional structure.
I have lobbied and campaigned against proposals to move the York-based 15 Brigade Headquarters to Catterick or to southern England and welcome the decision that 15 Brigade will remain in York. 10 military jobs at the Headquarters will be lost, but 13 new York-based civilian jobs will be created.
However, the Headquarters 2nd Division which moved from York to Edinburgh in April 2000 will be closed with the loss of 192 jobs as well as Headquarters 4th Division at Aldershot with the loss of 169 jobs and Headquarters 5th Division at Shrewsbury with the loss of 134 jobs.
It is very sad to hear on Remembrance Day of the closure of three historic Divisional Headquarters and the loss of hundreds of military and civilian jobs. I am relieved that York has been left relatively unscathed by these cuts. We fought off the proposal to move 15 Brigade Headquarters, which the government now confirms will stay in York. That is good news for a city with a proud military history stretching back to Roman times.
I have written to Nick Harvey to ask for further information about the period over which the military jobs at York will reduce, and I am consulting with the unions at Imphal Barracks for their views on the changes that are being made.