News

Mark Drakeford calls for more Welsh troops to be based in Wales

05 Oct 2021 3 minutes Read
Mark Drakeford speaking in the Senedd

Mark Drakeford has called for more Welsh troops to be based in Wales.

The First Minister told the Senedd that Wales provides nearly twice its population share in terms of armed forces personnel “yet we have half our population share in terms of the basing strategy of the armed forces.”

He said Wales has 5% of the UK’s population, provides 9% of the UK’s service personnel, but added that only 2.5% of them are based in Wales.

Drakeford suggested that Wales isn’t getting its “fair share” and called on the UK Government to “put it right”.

He was responding to Labour MS for Blaenau Gwent Alun Davies, who told the Senedd that it’s “important to support serving armed forces today, and to ensure that we have bases and locations in Wales that are able to support and sustain today’s armed forces.

Davies added: “In the past we have had debates here about a firm-base strategy to enable us to support and sustain additional location of the UK armed forces in this county, to support and sustain the industries that support our armed forces, and also to ensure that we can continue to offer training facilities for the armed forces.

“Would the Welsh Government, therefore, be prepared to make a statement on how it will take forward a firm-base strategy so that we can continue to support today’s armed forces as well?”

‘Draws attention’ 

Mark Drakeford said: “He draws attention to a very important point. Wales is 5% of the UK population, yet we provide 9% of serving personnel, and we have 2.5 per cent of them based here in Wales.

“So, we contribute nearly twice our population share, and yet we have half our population share in terms of the basing strategy of the armed forces.

“Now, I have raised this directly – I’m sure others have too – with UK Ministers who are responsible for the UK Government’s integrated review which they are currently carrying out. I think they’re right to be concerned about that review.

“The future of the Brecon barracks is not settled. There are very important army presences in west Wales, which we know are – well, let’s put it no more than ‘under consideration’ as part of that review.

He added: “The current UK Government talks a lot about its commitment to the United Kingdom. One of the bits of the glue that holds the United Kingdom together, I believe, is that we have a common set of armed forces across the whole of the UK.

“It’s therefore, I think, incumbent upon the UK Government to demonstrate to all component parts of the United Kingdom that they get a fair share of the practical impact of those armed forces in the four nations.

“Wales doesn’t have that at present, I believe. I hope the integrated review will help to put that right.”

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
7 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Grayham Jones
17 days ago

Stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh we don’t want English forces in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 we are welsh and European not British it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
17 days ago

Can someone please explain to the slavish unionist poodle drakeford that the purpose of these welsh troops in the british army isnt to defend wales – they serve the interests of the british state and their oath is to the UK’s unelected head of state mrs windsor. Indeed if push came to shove the british state would try to use its soldiers in wales to thwart welsh independence

Hedda Mulgrew
Hedda Mulgrew
17 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

 use its soldiers in wales to thwart welsh independence

No need. General apathy at the ballot box and in the wider population is doing that.

j humphrys
j humphrys
13 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

He’s looking like their pedigree chum.

Ap Kenneth
Ap Kenneth
17 days ago

Perhaps we should be pushing for the armed forces to hand back land they stole – Mynydd Epynt, Castle Martin, Mona, Dyffryn etc

Mark
Mark
17 days ago

The last thing Wales needs is more involvement with the british military, maybe if we sorted our education system out and created well paid jobs that gave our young people a future, young people wouldn’t feel the need to join up and put their lives on the line for corrupt inglish politicians. Get the military out of our schools as well!

Sian
Sian
15 days ago

The last thing we need is more military presence. Stick to more ethical ways of building our nation. Very disappointed to read this. #cariadnidrhyfel #lovenotwar

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.