HC Deb 22 December 1981 vol 15 cc368-9W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what total annual savings he expects to obtain from the closure or rundown of various Royal Navy stores depots; and how much of such savings arises from closures or rundowns in Wales, Scotland and England, respectively.

Mr. Pattie

The activities of some parts of some depots will transfer to other bases or depots, but it is provisionally expected that the net annual savings of closure or rundown of Royal naval supply and transport service stores and fuel depots in the United Kingdom will be about £16 million. This is broken down as follows:

(at 1980–81 prices) £ million
England 12.5
Wales 3.0
Scotland 0.5

These figures include the savings expected from Navy withdrawal from some commercially operated fuel facilities. The figures relate to expected annual savings and take no account of once-for-all costs or receipts.

Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Royal Navy stores depots which exist in the United Kingdom, together with the number of persons employed in them; which of these will be run down or closed, respectively, over the next five years; and what are the implied job losses of such action.

Mr. Pattie

The figures that follow relate to Royal naval supply and transport service—RNSTS—establishments in the United Kingdom. They include store, armament and fuel depots together with the principal supply and transport officer (Naval) (PSTO(N)) organisations in the naval bases. Figures are given for changes resulting from recent decisions on the future defence programme up to and including 31 March 1987.

There are likely to be other changes as a consequence of the need to reduce Civil Service numbers in general and of normal planned complement changes resulting from alterations to depot tasks and procedures.

It must be stressed that the data on the rate of job losses, based on current assumptions, may be subject to change in the course of implementation.

Establishment RNSTS Strength OGD/Other MOD Strength Total
1 December 1981 1 December 1981
RNAD Beith 526 117 643
PSTO(N) Chatham 660 0 660
RNSD Copenacre 801½ 564 1,365½
RNSTS Clyde Sub Base (Faslane/Coulport/Arrochar) 1,753 686 2,439
RNSD Deptford 128 0 128
PSTO(N) Devonport (incl Wrangaton, Exeter, Ernesettle, Bull Point) 2,663½ 330 2,993½
RNSPDC UK Eaglescliffe 661½ 36 697½
STO(N) Fleetiands 132 0 132
OFD Invergordon 25 0 25
RNSD Llangennech 502 117 619
RNAD Milford Haven 271 48 319
OFD Old Kilpatrick 61 0 61
OFD Pembroke Dock 7 0 7
RNSD Perth 56 0 56
STO(N) Portland 128 0 128
PSTO(N) Portsmouth (incl Botley, Woolston, Dean Hill) 2,810½ 349 3,159½
PSTO(N) Rosyth (incl Crombie, Kirkliston, Lathalmond) 1,405 97 1,502
STO(N) Slough 30 0 30
RNAD Trecwn 445 140 585

Proposed complement changes arising from defence programme review decisions
Reductions each year by
Establishment 31 April 1982 31 April 1983 31 April 1984 31 April 1985 31 April 1986 31 April 1987
PSTO(N) Chatham -12 -82 -593
RNSD Deptford -2 -25 -8 -56 -39
OFD Invergordon -25
RNSD Llangennech -23 -27 -216 -325
OFD Pembroke Dock 7
PSTO(N) Portsmouth* -21 -125 -134
* These figures, which assume the closure of RNSD Woolston, are also dependent on planning assumptions which are not vet finalised.

Note: Job losses show some differences from the figures given for present actual strengths, due to factors not related to the defence programme review.