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Speculation RAF Marham will not be closed

PUBLISHED: 12:19 15 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:32 08 July 2010

Speculation is mounting that RAF Marham will not be earmarked for closure in a defence cuts announcement this afternoon.

Defence secretary Bob Ainsworth will instead target RAF Cottesmore in Rutland for closure, reports suggest.

Speculation is mounting that RAF Marham will not be earmarked for closure in a defence cuts announcement this afternoon.

Defence secretary Bob Ainsworth will instead target RAF Cottesmore in Rutland for closure, reports suggest.

It is understood however, that the Norfolk base, near Downham Market, could lose a squadron.

In a BBC interview this morning, defence minister Quentin Davies, when asked about the possibility of RAF airbase closures, said: “If we can get by with fewer bases that will be a very good thing to do. We don't have bases for the sake of having bases, you know, they are not an end in themselves.

“We have bases where it is necessary to contribute to our defence capability.”

An oral statement will be read in the House of Commons at around 3.30pm today.

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