MP goes on troops offensive

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EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris has grilled the Government over the cost of bringing British troops home from Germany.

The Government aims to return armed forces based in Germany by 2020 under its strategic defence and security review.

In Parliament, Mr Morris questioned how much the operation would cost the public purse.

Defence minister Nick Harvey said the policy was not about saving money, but “improving operational effectiveness and welfare” and any cost of rebasing troops would be offset as it was more expensive to base forces in Germany.

Mr Morris replied: “How much will the UK Government need to pay the German government in compensation or reparations when our bases are vacated by British troops and handed back to German control?”

Mr Harvey said the Government may need to pay redundancy to locally-employed civilians and costs might also be incurred in buying out any contractual obligations, but the UK was not obliged to compensate the German government.

He said British bases injected £700million a year into the German economy so Mr Morris “might like to reflect on whether that might be better injected into the British economy”.