56 MoD sites set to close across UK

Updated: 

A further 56 Ministry of Defence sites are set to close across Britain, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Sir Michael Fallon told the Commons the closures will include eight sites in Scotland and three apiece in Wales and Northern Ireland, in the biggest announcement to date in the review of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) estate.

Sir Michael said the estate was too big and costly to run, with the latest batch of closures paving the way for a more modern military.

Sir Michael told the Commons: "This strategy looks ahead to 2040 to provide a better defence estate.

"An estate that supports a more efficient and effective military capability; an estate that gives our armed forces a world class base from which to work, and an estate that helps defence keep Britain safe and to promote our prosperity."