§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons he has extended the deadline for bids under the market testing programme at RAF Sealand; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Soames
The time taken to answer bidders' formal questions, to provide up to date detailed Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981–TUPE—data and to amend the invitation to tender have all contributed to the extension. In order to allow bidders sufficient time to respond to ITT changes, the tender submission date has been delayed from 8 May 1996 to 12 June 1996.