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Ministry of Defence: Progress with estates disposals

The Ministry of Defence (the Department) holds one of the largest estates in the country, accounting for about 1.8% of the UK land mass with around 1,000 sites spread across the country. The Department spends £3bn a year on its estate at a time when the overall defence budget is under considerable pressure.

In 2016 the Department launched its A Better Defence Estate strategy. This aims to create an estate that is 30% smaller by 2040, which better supports military capability, is better quality and is more efficient. Our study will consider the Department’s progress by examining whether it:

  • has an appropriate strategy to achieve a defence estate of the right size to meet its operational needs;
  • has the conditions and resources it needs to deliver its estate strategy; and
  • is on course to achieve the targets it set in A Better Defence Estate.