HC Deb 26 November 1970 vol 807 c594
14. Mr. Charles Morrison

asked the Minister of State for Defence when he expects to complete his review of lands at present in use by his Department.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

I cannot at this stage give a date.

Mr. Morrison

Before releasing any land, would the hon. Gentleman remember that Salisbury Plain, the main home-training area, is already fully used and that the release of land elsewhere might create still greater pressure on Salisbury Plain, both to the detriment of its training potential and to the disadvantage of the local civilian population? Bearing in mind that the Army are excellent conservationists, before any land is released will careful consideration be given to its future uses?

Mr. Gilmour

I am grateful for my hon. Friend's remarks about the Army as conservationists and I am aware that Salisbury Plain is fully used. The other matters he raised will be considered in the review.

Mr. John Morris

May I ask about the resiting of the Shoeburyness facilities at Pembrey? Will his Department be consulting the Secretary of State for Wales in the determination of this matter and will it be a joint decision of the Government and Ministers?

Mr. Gilmour

At present my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales is awaiting a report from the inspector of the very full inquiry that took place. No doubt after that consultations will take place.

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