12/05/2010

Ditch St athan PFI invest in green jobs

ditch St Athan project To Cheryl Gillan Mark Pritchard, Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for The Wrekin, said the government’s Defence Training Review “would be reviewed and examined in fine detail” if David Cameron became Prime Minister. Will you be consider as the New Secreatrary of State for Wales the Blanford cheaper option?

Will you consider these figures and whether Blandford would have the capacity for the scaled down St Athan tri-service plans:
St Athan plans  2750 trainee and single persons accommodation (cost to Metrix)
            553 Service Families accommodation (483 new build, cost on MoD)
Requires about 700 trainer staff and 700 others of which 200 are managerial.
 Blandford Camp, has accommodation for 4,000 people and capacity to train 8,000 personnel a year. 200 civilian jobs at risk.

Would she support our arguing that Blandford could be a cheaper fall-back option, which would save the MoD from building new services housing (say £100k each = £50M) and make use of the other accommodatiion for trainees etc.  Their 'civilian staff' would be sufficient for the new managerial numbers planned by Metrix (apart from a few top guys). 

Cheryl Gillan is new Secretary of State for Wales
Cheryl Gillanhttp://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/05/12/cheryl-gillan-is-new-secretary-of-state-for-wales-91466-26434297/May 12 2010 WalesOnline

Cheryl Gillan is the new Secretary of State for Wales – the first woman to hold the post – Downing Street announced today.
Ms Gillan, 58, was born in Cardiff but represents the English seat of Chesham and Amersham. She had been shadow secretary of state since December 2005....Ms Gillan has  said she wants to have a “constructive” relationship with the Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition in Cardiff Bay.
Items near the top of her bulging in-tray include the proposed referendum on the Assembly’s powers, rising unemployment – now at 9.3% according to figures released this morning – and the future of big-ticket investment projects like the £13bn Defence Training Academy at St Athan.
But won't bring sustainable high value jobs -

 To the new secretary of state for Wales...


She can be contacted on.....gillanc@parliament.uk
My Constituency Secretary - Mary Shaw - is based at 7a Hill Avenue, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5BD or phone on 01494 721 577 or fax on 01494 722107. shawmj@parliament.uk
My House of Commons Researcher - Sam Gibbs can be contacted on 0207 219 4061 or by email gibbss@parliament.uk

Raytheon Opens New Office in Portsmouth, England, Focused on Training

The privatisation of British military training continues with Raytheon war profiteers settlting into UK in a feeding frenzy as new labours crazy programme continues! The school for mercenaries is happening!

Tories promise Cosford move review
Shropshire Star Mark Pritchard, Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for The Wrekin, said the government's Defence Training Review “would be reviewed and examined in ...

raf-cosfordControversial plans to transfer jobs from RAF Cosford to Wales would be reviewed if the Conservative Party came to power, it was claimed today.
Mark Pritchard, Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for The Wrekin, said the government’s Defence Training Review “would be reviewed and examined in fine detail” if David Cameron became Prime Minister.As part of the programme the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE), based at the airbase near Shifnal and providing training for aircraft engineers and tradesmen across the British armed forces, will move to St Athan in Wales from 2014.....
Mr Pritchard, who has been campaigning to secure the future of the 70-year-old base, said today: “If the Conservatives form the next government we are committed to a major Strategic Defence Review which will examine every major defence spending commitment by Labour ministers.
“This will include the flawed Defence Training Review programme which will tear the heart out of Cosford and the local community.”
Mr Pritchard’s Back RAF Cosford campaign on Facebook has attracted more than 700 followers.
Raytheon Opens New Office in Portsmouth, England, Focused on Training
PR Newswire (press release)
... has also begun providing early training transformation solutions for the UK Ministry of Defence for the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Program. ..

Raytheon Opens New Office in Portsmouth, England, Focused on Training

PORTSMOUTH, England, April 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has opened a new office in Portsmouth, England, that will focus on delivering training to United Kingdom customers.
"We have a number of training activities under way in the United Kingdom, and this site will enable us to work more collaboratively with our customers and demonstrate how our low-risk capabilities provide the best value," said David Appel, Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC director of U.K. military training programs.
Raytheon is currently competing for the U.K. Royal Navy Fleet Outsourced Activities Project. As part of the competitive dialogue now under way, Raytheon is focusing on low-risk, cost-effective training solutions that remain flexible to future challenges. As a member of the Metrix Consortium, Raytheon has also begun providing early training transformation solutions for the U.K. Ministry of Defence for the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Program.
The Portsmouth facility will enable Raytheon to leverage worldwide training experience and adapt the company's proven solutions to the United Kingdom. Training activities performed at the site span multiple programs and functions, including delivery, design, development and management support. The Raytheon personnel based at the site will have management responsibility for more than 100 training professionals in the country.
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.
With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon providesstate-of-the-art electronics,
mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

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