HC Deb 01 March 1978 vol 945 cc280-1W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what will be the cost of modernising the accommodation at Lee-on-Solent for HMS "Daedalus"; what would have been the cost of moving the establishment to the modern facilities at the former RAF airfield at Thorney Island; and what would have been the saving in annual running costs resulting from such a move.

Mr. Duffy

For the purpose of comparison, the figures of estimated costs have been calculated on the same price base. The latest estimated cost of modernising Lee-on-Solent is £24 million at 1977 prices, although better definition of the task may modify this figure. The estimated cost of moving to Thorney Island would have been about £24 million to £26 million at 1977 prices, depending on the time taken to modernise it. There would have been no appreciable difference in the running costs of HMS "Daedalus" at either place.

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