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Marketing campaign for Uist range

Defence procurement minister Quentin Davis has said the Ministry of Defence would launch a campaign to market the Uist rocket range in the New Year.

Mr Davis has written to Western Isles Council emphasising there would be no back tracking on the decision earlier this year to save the base.

He has also offered the help of his officials in plans to diversify the local economy.

Plans to axe 125 jobs at the range were scrapped in September.

Mr Davis said the marketing campaign would attempt to attract both domestic and foreign investors to help develop new ideas for diversifying the economy of the islands.

The range's command and control centre on South Uist was to close and rocket tests run remotely from South Wales.

Staff were also to be pulled out of the range's tracking station on Hirta in St Kilda, while West Camp on Benbecula was to be downgraded.

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