§ Mr. Stainton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in connection with the hardened aircraft shelter contracts in respect of United States air bases in East Anglia, he will confirm that exemption from the NATO international competitive building procedures has been applied for; and when work is expected to recommence under fresh contractors.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Exemption from international competitive bidding has now been obtained from NATO. Discussions are in hand with a number of United Kingdom contractors with a view to an early resumption of work.