§ Mr. Profumo
Although I cannot give a firm undertaking at this stage, it is my intention to close the Central Ordnance Depot, Didcot, in April, 1964. The rundown of this Depot depends upon progress in building up the necessary staff176W and stores at Bicester. The staff of the Depot will be kept fully informed of progress through the normal Whitley machinery.
I am examining how the disposal of the land and buildings at Didcot can best be carried out. A meeting with officers of the County Council was held earlier this month. It will not be possible to announce a firm programme for some time but I will keep my hon. Friend in touch with developments.