§ Dr. David Clark
asked the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) on 20 December, Official Report, c. 414, when he expects to decide whether to acquire the Knoydart estate; and if he will include organisations concerned with the protection of the environment among those with whom he will consult.
§ Mr. Wiggin
We have now reviewed the proposal to purchase Knoydart for military training and have decided that although the estate would have met some part of a growing training need, the many difficulties associated with the proposal outweighed the benefits. The Ministry of Defence will not therefore be proceeding with the acquisition of the estate.