Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Fife, Argyll and Ayrshire
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

212 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 July 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


More than 200 posts will be lost at three defence munitions centres in Scotland under reorganisation plans. The number of staff employed at DMC Crombie in Fife is set to fall from 168 to 26 by 2010. The 360 posts at Beith, North Ayrshire, will be cut by 60 and the 110 posts at Glen Douglas in Argyll will fall to 90. Both centres expect 10 redundancies.

Defence Secretary John Reid said the moves were aimed at improving support for front-line troops. The munitions centre at Crombie, in west Fife, has been operational since 1916. The MoD has decided that its explosive processing and storage capacity will not be required in the long term. However, Crombie will continue to carry out support work for Royal Navy ships and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.


  • 21 July 2005: BBC News


Eurofound (2005), Ministry of Defence, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 61952, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61952.