HC Deb 18 March 1997 vol 292 cc513-4W
Mr. Tipping

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many years the(a) multi-launch rocket system and (b) AS90 self-propelled gun are planned to be in service in the Otterburn training area. [20553]

Mr. Soames

The multiple-launch rocket system is due to remain in service until 2025. The AS90 is expected to remain in service until at least 2020. The Army has made proposals for the development of the Otterburn training area to provide facilities for training regiments equipped with MLRS and AS90 throughout their in-service lives.

The notice of proposed development of Otterburn is now subject to a non-statutory public inquiry which commences on 22 April.