Officers have accused the MoD of "flawed thinking" fearing it will go for short-sighted short-term savings as their officers are more expensive than normal security guards because of their training and skills.

The Defence Police Federation, that represents the MoD Police (MDP), has raised fears that the 86 sites it protects across Britain would have their security compromised.

"Inevitably the loss of the experience of MDP officers would be to the public detriment and would be to the detriment of the security of the MoD, there's no doubt about that.

"Public security would be potentially reduced," Eamon Keating, national chairman of the federation, told The Daily Telegraph. ...