§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what degree his Department accepts financial responsibility for contingent liabilities arising from closures of establishments or disbandment of units. 
§ Mr. Soames
It is the policy of the Ministry of Defence to avoid incurring contingent liabilities wherever possible. Very exceptionally, an indemnity might be given on or in relation to the disposal of a site, as for instance on the disposal of Gruinard island against claims arising from its decontamination.