§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the future of the Horseshoe barracks at Shoeburyness, Essex; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
We aim to sell Horseshoe barracks as soon as it is financially viable for us to move out. We hope to apply for outline planning consent later this year.
§ Mr. Taylor
As this superb site of 22 acres has been virtually surplus to requirements for several years, does the Minister agree that it is time that the Government made up their mind what to do with it? Will he consider the possibility of turning it into a study centre for a university or other institution of learning?
§ Mr. Carlisle
I understand my hon. Friend's wish to see this site put to a beneficial purpose. The Government are anxious to help, provided that we can afford to move and that we have the support of the local authority for a sensitive development.