HC Deb 24 May 1988 vol 134 c179
1. Mr. Curry

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give further details of the future military use of RAF Dishforth.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (Mr. Roger Freeman)

Dishforth will become the base of an Army Air Corps helicopter regiment which is being formed to support the newly titled 24th Airmobile Brigade, which has its headquarters at nearby Catterick garrison.

Mr. Curry

Is my hon. Friend aware that Dishforth is a prime site near the A1, which is developing rapidly and being significantly improved? Does he realise that there are more than 150 houses and other extensive facilities on the site? Does he accept that it is important for the project to go ahead without delay? If it were to fall foul, there are many other uses for the site. Will the military get on with it, or get out?

Mr. Freeman

I can give my hon. Friend the assurance that he is seeking. The Army will get on with it, and we plan to have the first squadron of helicopters there by the summer of next year. I confirm that all the empty married quarters, and a good part of the barracks, will be used by the Army Air Corps.

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