§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the capital cost of the expansion of the Wideawake air base; and what are the recurrent costs of the facility to Great Britain.
§ Sir George Young
The total capital cost for providing hardstandings, a fuel pipe line, technical and domestic accommodation for the air base on Ascension Island, amount to approximately £49 million at September 1984 prices. Of this the domestic accommodation cost approximately £18 million and the technical facilities £31 million. Average annual works maintenance costs are expected to be in the region of £1 million.