HC Deb 16 July 1997 vol 298 c236W
Mr. Maclean

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has completed his review of all aspects of the disposal of RAF 14 MU. [8127]

Mr. Spellar

I have examined the progress of the disposal of 14 MU RAF Carlisle and am satisfied that the MOD should negotiate with the local councils over how the future use and ownership of the site can be determined to the benefit of both the taxpayer and the local economy. I believe in the special circumstances of this case that the councils should be given the option of acquiring the core of the site with the remaining outlying areas being sold on the open market.