A DAMNING report this morning has said a lack of spending by the Ministry of Defence on improving run-down military bases could hit the UK’s ability to defend itself.
Here is a list of ten key findings by the National Audit Office’s report, revealed today.
1) 424,000 hectares: Land and foreshore that the Ministry of Defence owns or has access rights to in the UK as at April 1, 2016.
2) 1.8 per cent: Total percentage of UK land owned by the MoD.
3) £8.5bn: Estimated shortfall in funding needed over the next 30 years to replace dilapidated parts of the nation’s defence estate.
4) £4.8bn: Spend by the MoD on its estates in 2015-16.
5) 55,000: The number of new homes to be built on land released by the MoD between 2015 and 2020.
6) £1bn: Amount of cash the MoD must make from land disposals between 2016-17 and 2020-21.
7) 2026: The year Gosport’s HMS Sultan will be axed and sold off.
8) £475m: Current estimated cost of the backlog of work to maintain the nation’s military bases.
9) £100m: Cost being spent on upgrading Portsmouth Naval Base for the arrival of the navy’s two new aircraft carriers.
10) £328m: Expected fees to be paid by the MoD’s strategic business partner over 10 years to improve Britain’s defence estate.