HC Deb 28 June 1988 vol 136 c188
15. Mr. Latham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a further statement on the progress of the efficiency study into the activities relating to dog training at RAF Newton and the RAVC centre, Melton Mowbray; and when the report will be available.

Mr. Freeman

The consultants report should be received by the Ministry by August. A decision on the future of training will be made as soon as possible thereafter.

Mr. Latham

Now that the 11 th investigation in 22 years into the training of dogs is coming to an end, will my hon. Friend please stop wasting money on all these interminable investigations and simply let the RAVC get on with its valuable job?

Mr. Freeman

That is a trifle uncharitable. We are not wasting taxpayers' money by making sure that there is a thorough and proper study of the options available. I hope that my hon. Friend will avail himself of the Ministry of Defence's invitation to come in and express his views in detail on the subject.

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