HC Deb 17 January 1997 vol 288 c424W
Mr. Meale

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 9 December 1996,Official Report, column 21, on the relocation of GCHQ, if he will supply the full terms of reference of the study into future accommodation, saying whether these exclude the relocation of any activities currently provided on the Cheltenham sites to (a) new and (b) existing sites outside Cheltenham. [11297]

Mr. Rifkind

The terms of reference of the study team are to assess GCHQ's future requirements for accommodation and related services to support its Cheltenham-based personnel, and the issues associated with achieving single site working. The study is intended to lead to a decision on the feasibility and scope of potential private finance initiative solutions to these requirements. Assuming that a single site solution were feasible, one which involved relocation of the Cheltenham-based personnel outside Gloucesterhsire is unlikely to be justifiable on economic grounds.

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