The Defence Implications Of Possible Scottish Independence
HC 198, Sixth Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with an Appendix, Formal Minutes and Oral Evidence
- House of Commons Defence Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'The Defence Implications Of Possible Scottish Independence (HC 198)' examines the possible consequences for the defence and security of an independent Scotland.
The Committee is concerned that the information published so far by the Scottish government falls far short of requirements. It cannot currently judge the likely running costs of the proposed Scottish defence force, given the limited information it has so far received.
However, it is unlikely that the proposed budget of £2.5bn can support both the proposed Scottish defence force and the purchase of new equipment including fast jets and submarines.
The report seeks answers to the following five questions:
(i) How would a sovereign Scottish Government ensure the defence and security of an independent Scotland?
(ii) For what purposes would Scottish armed forces be used?
(iii) How would Scottish armed forces be structured and trained, and where would they be based?
(iv) How much would it cost to equip, support and train an independent Scotland's armed forces and how much of this could be procured and delivered domestically?
(v) How many jobs in the defence sector would be placed at risk?
Further detailed questions about the composition of the proposed Scottish defence force also cover:
The numbers and types of aircraft and naval vessels which would be needed and how they would be procured and maintained;
The numbers of combat troops the Scottish Government envisages (including its plan to re-instate historic Scottish regiments); and
The availability of training facilities to maintain the appropriate professional standards.
In the event of independence, the report finds that the defence industry in Scotland would face a difficult future.
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