§ Dame Peggy Fenner
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of 33 Regiment explosive ordnance disposal.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) is currently located in a number of sites within Chatham garrison. It is proposed, subject to consultation with the trades unions, that the regiment should relocate to Carver barracks, Wimbish. This move would allow it to be concentrated in one site, thus reducing overheads, and would ensure the future of Carver barracks, which is to be vacated by the 16th/5th the Queen's Royal Lancers on their amalgamation with 17/21 Lancers, currently based at Tidworth. It is too early to say what would be the implications for civilian staff at Chatham but it is hoped that they may be employed by other units within the garrison.