Dinenage argues to not move HMS Sultan

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CAROLINE Dinenage has repeated a call for the government not to make any cuts to Gosport’s naval training centre.

Yesterday the MP again made her case in the House of Commons, in the hope of safeguarding the defence training programmes at HMS Sultan.

In October defence secretary Liam Fox announced the scrapping of a PFI scheme which would have moved the Royal Navy Engineering Training school to RAF St Athan in South Wales from 2014.

Ms Dinenage asked defence minister Nick Harvey for an update, and said: ‘Does the minister recognise that in these times of financial hardship it makes sense – rather than building new training facilities – to consolidate defence training within the spare capacity in existing sites like HMS Sultan which offers outstanding training at the heart of a military community?’

Mr Harvey said the decision was still to be made but said Sultan was one of centres capable of housing a tri-service engineering school.