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THREAT TO AIRBASES IS DISPROPORTIONATE AND UNFAIR, WARNS CHAMBERS

[ 10-05-2011 ]

Scotland’s economy risks paying a heavy price for the UK Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review if we are hit with the closure of two of our RAF bases.  Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: 

“Before the publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review last October, Scottish Chambers of Commerce called upon the Secretary of State for Defence to have due regard to the economic impact of defence cuts on the Scottish economy.  Whilst we welcome the continuation of the contracts for the construction of the two new aircraft carriers, we still have serious concerns about the impact that the closure of two Scottish RAF airbases could have on our national and regional economies. 

“The closure of RAF Kinloss will be a hard enough blow on the economy of Moray, but the continuing threat to RAF Lossiemouth, also in Moray, and RAF Leuchars in Fife is a cut too far for Scotland.  We are in serious danger of suffering disproportionately as a result of the reduction in defence spending and it is time the Government realised that the results of its decisions could have far reaching implications for our economy’s capacity to compete more generally.

“Business understands the need for Government to reduce overall levels of public spending in order to tackle the deficit, but cuts must be seen to be applied equitably across the UK.  The threat that Scotland could lose two of its three RAF airbases is disproportionate and unfair.”

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