Scottish Affairs Committee - Third Report
The Referendum on Separation for Scotland: A Defence Force for Scotland-A Conspiracy of Optimism?

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 19 November 2013.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 What would Scotland want its armed forces to do?

Independent States and defence

Scotland and the United Kingdom

Foreign policy and defence policy

Threats and risks to Scotland

Beyond territorial defence

Why would joining an alliance affect Scotland's defence forces?

The ability to deploy overseas

3 Defence budget and division of assets

The defence budget

International comparisons

Transitional costs

The cost of intelligence

Sharing intelligence

The division of assets

The division of assets and integrated armed forces

The division of assets and the transition

4 A possible Scottish defence force

A Scottish Navy

Frigates and Offshore Patrol Boats


A Scottish Air Force

Maritime air

Air policing and fast jets

Chinooks and Hercules

A Scottish Army

A two brigade army

Scottish raised and restored UK regiments

How would this meet the needs of Scotland?


Choice and recruitment


Faslane and Rosyth


Army basing

Air force basing

Joint defence and joint basing

Special Forces and Royal Marines


5 Scotland and NATO

NATO and nuclear weapons

NATO countries and nuclear weapons


Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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