Members may wish to be aware that a Parliamentary Petition is ongoing
to ‘Stop cuts to the RN & RM Amphibious Ships’.If you would like to sign the petition and it is hoped you will want to
sign up please follow the link below;
This petition calls on the Government to stop cuts to Devonport-based
HMS Albion & HMS Bulwark. There has been recent media speculation that
the Government is considering scrapping the Royal Navy’s entire
amphibious assault capabilities and cut 1,000 Royal Marines. We want
these cuts stopped.
The Government response so far is;
A cross-Government review of national security capabilities is being
conducted to ensure future investment is unified and efficient. No
decisions have been made and the media articles are speculation. In the
face of ever-changing threats to our security, the Ministry of Defence
is contributing to the cross-Government review of national security
capabilities in support of the continued implementation of the 2015
Strategic Defence and Security Review. This Review is to ensure that
the United Kingdom’s investment in capabilities is as joined-up,
effective and efficient as possible, and will cover areas including
Defence, counter terrorism, national resilience and cyber. This Review
is on-going and no decisions have been made; any discussion of specific
platforms or capabilities is speculation. Ministers will consider the
conclusions of the National Security Capability Review in due course.
The Petition requires 100,000 signatures to be considered for a
Parliamentary Debate. There are currently 21,000 signatures.