The Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore said:
“Today’s announcement reflects the reality of the changing shape of the Army across the UK while creating clarity and stability for the defence footprint in Scotland. We are seeing £100m of investment in military infrastructure and hundreds of additional soldiers coming to Scottish Army bases, bringing the total number to 4,000. It shows a deep commitment to Scotland as an integral part of our country’s defence and should be welcomed.
“Those who criticise the decision today should not do so without offering a fully-costed and detailed plan of exactly how these figures would change if Scotland was no longer part of the UK. There has been a great deal of speculation from the Scottish Government on this issue but no hard facts. That is the difference between us: a UK Government which is committed to putting real investment and personnel into Scotland and those who support pro-independence failing to outline a viable alternative.”