§ Mr. Sweeney
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about his plans for the support and administration of the Army's training areas and ranges. 
§ Mr. Soames
As part of the Government's competing for quality programme, the Commander-in-Chief Land Command has initiated a study into the way in which administration and support services are provided to the 100 or so Army training areas and ranges in England, Scotland and Wales for which he is responsible. The aim of the study is to explore the extent to which these support services might be provided more efficiently and at a reduced cost as a result of being exposed to competition. The study will last for about six months and its results will be reported to the House.