In this report the Defence Committee says the information published so far by the Scottish Government on the defence and security implications of Scottish independence falls far short of requirements. The Committee also cannot currently judge the likely running costs of the proposed Scottish defence force, given the limited information it has so far received. The Committee is, however, unconvinced that the proposed budget of Ap2.5bn 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 questions: how would a sovereign Scottish Government ensure the defence and security of an independent Scotland? For what purposes would Scottish armed forces be used? How would Scottish armed forces be structured and trained, and where would they be based? 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? And how many jobs in the defence sector would be placed at risk? The Committee also raises detailed questions about the proposed Scottish defence force: 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 defence industry in Scotland would face a difficult future.In terms of fixed-wing aircraft, for the flight costs of modern aircraftaI dona#39;t know how you do the numbersayou are looking at Ap20, 000 an hour or so at ... The air domain would be very difficult, as would the communications domainasatellite communications, and that kind of thing. ... Surely guys would much prefer to joint the British Army than a Scottish defence force, given that it has a much wider scope. ... be done in Ukraine and in other Soviet republics, which is perhaps analogous.
|Title||:||House of Commons - Defence Committee: The Defence Implications of Possible Independence - Volume I: HC 198|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Defence Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2013-09-27|