HC Deb 11 May 1992 vol 207 c49W
Mr. Devlin

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what specific information has come to light since assurances about the future of royal naval spare parts distribution centre, Eaglescliffe were given to the hon. Member for Stockton, South in early 1991 that jobs on the site were safe;

(2) if he will make a statement about the future of RNSPD at Eaglescliffe;

(3) what studies have been commissioned about the future of RNSPD Eaglescliffe; and what factors have been set for consideration by (a) Ministers and (b) officials.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

The Ministry of Defence is conducting a comprehensive examination of its support activities in order to match reductions in the front line. As part of the examination, we are considering whether a more cost-effective operation could be achieved by the introduction of market testing at certain establishments, including RNSPD Eaglescliffe. We are also examining the possible transfer of some headquarters staff at Eaglescliffe to the Bath area, in accordance with our plans to establish a naval support command, but no decision has yet been taken. I have written to my hon. Friend with details of the work in hand.

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