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Welsh Secretary comment on the Defence Training Rationalisation Project

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Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan has responded to the Ministry of Defence announcement on The Defence Training Rationalisation Project…

Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan has responded to the Ministry of Defence announcement on The Defence Training Rationalisation Project.

Mrs Gillan said: “It was right that this Government undertook a review of the contract we inherited from the previous administration.  The Ministry of Defence has made it clear Metrix was not able to deliver an affordable, commercially robust proposal within the prescribed period.

“The Ministry of Defence recognises that collective technical training, on as few sites as possible, remains the best solution for our Armed Forces and that the hope is to base our future defence training solution at St Athan. 

“It is has been necessary for the Government to end the existing procurement of The Defence Training Rationalisation Project and Metrix’s appointment as Preferred Bidder.

“However, there is a good future for St Athan.  The MoD is reviewing its training and estates requirement and has confirmed it still hopes to locate the training facility at St Athan. In the meantime, I will be working with Secretary of State for Defence and continuing to press the case for St Athan.”