MP’s concerns over MoD land ownership and fleet size

CONCERNED Caroline Dinenage MP
CONCERNED Caroline Dinenage MP

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GOSPORT’S MP Caroline Dinenage has asked what can be done with land in the town not released by the Ministry of Defence.

Speaking in a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday about future ships for the Royal Navy, she said 21 per cent of land in Gosport is owned by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

She said: ‘It’s not even being released so commercial companies can do anything with it.

‘That is also incredibly painful as there are companies who do want to come in and restore the fortunes of this great town – and they’re being prevented from doing so.’

As reported, defence minister Anna Soubry visited Gosport last month to meet borough council leaders when they asked for her to help with freeing up land for development.

Ms Dinenage’s comments came after she reiterated fears that ship maintenance work will not make up for shipbuilding jobs axed by BAE.

She also raised concerns over the size of the navy fleet, quoting Joseph Stalin, saying: ‘Quantity has quality of its own.’