§ Mr. Berry
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the outcome of the discussions between his Department and the shell and core contractors for the new MOD building at Abbey Wood, Bristol, following their claim for additional payments referred in his answer of 24 June 1996,Official Report, column 39. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
Following the completion of shell and core works, a new claim for additional payments and extensions of time was submitted by the Abbey Wood shell and core contractor in December 1996. This claim is currently being assessed and negotiations between the Department and its contractor continue.